IFAPA - A Resource for Iowa’s Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Families

For over 40 years, the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association has been serving as a resource to foster, adoptive and kinship families in Iowa. IFAPA is a non-profit organization that empowers, supports and advocates for these families. Membership with IFAPA is free for Iowa's foster, adoptive and kinship families.
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IFAPA Workshops for Foster & Adoptive Parents & Workers

SATURDAY, OCT. 1

CPR & First Aid
Council Bluffs, 1:15pm-5:30pm (COST $50)

SATURDAY, OCT. 8

Everything You Wanted to Know About Foster Care But Were Afraid to Ask
Ankeny, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter
Cedar Falls, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

CPR & First Aid
Cedar Falls, 1:15pm-5:30pm (COST $40)

Trauma in Children & Teens: What It
Really Is & What Really Works

Indianola, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Decoding the Mystery of ADHD
Indianola, 1:15pm-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

SATURDAY, OCT. 15

The Brain: Normal Development Verses Brain After Trauma
Ankeny, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

The Magic of Healing the Brain and Fostering a Secure Attachment
Ankeny, 1:15pm-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

For Better or Worse:
Couples Who Foster

Cedar Falls, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Foster Care Meets Mental Health:
A Foster Parent Dilemma!

Davenport, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

To register for one of the above classes,
call 800-277-8145 or REGISTER HERE.
Click here to register and pay for CPR
To view classes approved for Social Work CEUs, click here.

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CoralvilleMarriott

FALL 2016 CONFERENCE

Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29
Marriott & Conf. Center in Coralville

A SAMPLE OF THE WORKSHOP TOPICS OFFERED AT THE FALL CONFERENCE:
- Building the Best Team
- Supporting Healthy Transitions
- Human Trafficking
- Psychotropic Medications
- Supporting LGBTQ Youth
- Effects of Disrupted Attachment
- Keeping Up with the Drug Culture
- Helping Kids Make & Keep Friends
- How Trauma Impacts Kids in Care
- Identity Formation in Adoption
- Culturally Responsive Parenting
- Understanding Learning Disorders

VIEW CONFERENCE BROCHURE
(REGISTER VIA MAIL)

VIEW CONFERENCE ONLINE
(REGISTER ONLINE)

Call for Conference Presenters
Are you interested in being a conference presenter at IFAPA's Spring Conference April 7-8, 2017 in Des Moines? For additional information including potential topic ideas, view the PROPOSAL FORM. Proposals are due by October 15, 2016!

 

School kids

School is Back in Session

Help your child have a successful school year by educating yourself and your child's teachers on the following resources. This information provides details on how childhood trauma affects the developing brain and how to respond effectively to help children feel safe and learn in a classroom-setting.

Educators Making a Difference for Students - Adoption, Foster Care and Kinship Care in the School Setting

Creating Trauma-Informed Classrooms

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

10 Things About Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know

Educating About Reactive Attachment Disorder

A (Sample) Letter to My Child's Teacher About RAD

 

 



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