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

The Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association is a non-profit organization serving as a resource to foster, adoptive and kinship families in Iowa. Membership with IFAPA is free for Iowa's foster, adoptive and kinship families. IFAPA provides training, peer support and resources to promote safety, permanency and well-being for Iowa’s children. Read more

IFAPA Workshops for Foster & Adoptive Parents & Workers


Don't Worry About It!
Anxiety, Panic and OCD
Ankeny, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Through the Looking Glass: Life through the Filter of Personality Disorders*
Cedar Rapids, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Get Me Off this Roller Coaster: Coping Skills for Emotional Intensity Issues*
Cedar Rapids, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

Stick to It: Maintaining a Placement
Sioux City, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)


Decoding the Mystery of ADHD*
Cedar Falls, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Worrywarts...Anxiety Disorders in Children and Teens*
Cedar Falls, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

Six Principles of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Council Buffs, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

An IEP on IEPs: Parents as Partners in Process and Product
Council Bluffs, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

From Fear to Love:
Beyond Consequences II
Davenport, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

"Quirky Kids": Living with Young Children with Challenging Behaviors*
Indianola, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

Facilitating Attachment in Foster and Adopted Children*
Indianola, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)


CPR & First Aid
Ames, 8am-12:15pm (COST $40)

Mandatory Child Abuse
Reporter Training

Ames, 1:30pm-4:45pm (FREE CLASS)

What Are You Trying to Tell Me? Responding to Troubling Behaviors*
Cedar Rapids, 9am-4:30pm (FREE CLASS)

Bullying - What's a Parent to Do?
Waterloo, 9am-12:15pm (FREE CLASS)

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

To register for one of the above classes,
call 800-277-8145 ext. 1 or register here.
* Classes also approved for SW CEUs

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Current News



IFAPA has posted our fall training schedule on our website. This schedule consists of classes scheduled September through November. IFAPA is offering ten new training topics this fall!!


Share this Free Book with Your Child's Teachers

Education book

This booklet was developed to provide educators with information about issues that impact foster and adoptive youth, the effects those issues might have on classroom learning and how educators can assist and advocate for these students. This book highlights facts about youth in foster care, grief and loss issues, a child’s understanding of adoption, confidentiality in school, challenging assignments and suggested alternatives and much more! To receive a copy (or multiple copies) of this booklet, please email your name and address to Crystal at cthomason@ifapa.org or call 800-277-8145 ext. 5. VIEW THIS BOOK ONLINE

Back-to-School Resource

It's hard to believe school is already back in session. You've bought the school supplies in preparation for the new school
year, but do you have all of the tools needed to prepare your child, yourself and their teachers for a successful school year? This annual back-to-school newsletter highlights 30 education-related topics for parents of kids ages birth to 18.

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