State Office

6900 Northeast 14th Street, Ankeny, IA, USA

Phone 5152298747


Program: Adoption Respite

Respite care provides adoptive parents with a break from the constant demands of caring for their special needs adopted child (children). It may be used for planned activities or emergency situations. It is not to be used for regular daycare.

Services:

  • 5 days per fiscal year of Respite

Eligibility:

Adoption Respite is a service available to adoptive families for their subsidized adopted children. Each adopted child who is subsidized is eligible for 5 days of respite service per fiscal year at $20 per day. Adoption Respite is only available to adopted children who receive adoption subsidy.

Intake Process:

When respite is needed, the adoptive parent selects their own respite provider, and makes necessary arrangements.

Payment:

Self Pay

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The IFAPA Foster Allegations Information Resource (FAIR) program was developed to assist foster and adoptive parents across Iowa who face an allegation of abuse or neglect. The FAIR line is designed to provide support, information and resources to parents during this difficult time.

The IFAPA FAIR program has a toll-free confidential phone line (877-788-7255 statewide or 515-261-7255 Des Moines area). The FAIR Coordinator can answer questions and provide accurate information regarding the assessment process.

The FAIR Program will provide foster parents information, not counseling or legal advice, regarding the assessment process, as well as foster home licensing issues. The FAIR Program is not involved in the Child Abuse Assessment, instead it is a resource for foster parents who need information and have further questions.

Services:

The FAIR Program serves as an accurate information source during an abuse assessment by:

  • Providing information regarding the Child Abuse Assessment process
  • Explaining the rights of foster parents during the assessment process
  • Reviewing the expected timing of the assessment and appeal process procedures

Eligibility:

Foster and adoptive parents across Iowa

Intake Process:

FAIR Phone Numbers:
800-277-8145 (toll free) or 515-289-4225

Hours:

This phone line is not staffed 24 hours / 7 days a week, you may need to leave a message for the FAIR Coordinator.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The Friends of Children in Foster Care Program helps children in foster care (Age 13 and younger) to receive funds in order to participate in extra-curricular activities, such as obtaining music instruments, sports registration or equipment, gymnastics or dance lessons, swimming lessons or summer camp.

Services:

Items that can be covered include:

  • Sporting activity fees (registration fees for t-ball, etc.)
  • Sporting equipment costs (helmets, pads, gloves, cleats, etc.)
  • Swimming lessons
  • Summer camps (1 week maximum)
  • Music instruments & lessons
  • Tae Kwon Do / Dance / Gymnastics fees

Eligibility:

Children in Iowa's foster care system (age 13 and younger)

Intake Process:

To be considered for Friends funding, please complete an application (found on IFAPA's website) and send it along with copies of receipts/invoices to the address listed below.

The maximum grant request limit is $200 per child per fiscal year. IFAPA’s fiscal year runs July 1 – June 30.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association offers programs and resources to support foster, adoptive, and kinship parents in Iowa. IFAPA offers a variety of continuing education & support groups to foster, adoptive, and kinship parents.

The IFAPA website serves as a resource for families and social workers. Parents can access information on IFAPA programs, trainings, support groups, DHS forms, resources, and IFAPA publications.

Services:

  • Trainings
  • Support Groups
  • Online educational resources
  • Lifebook Pages (scrapbook for foster/adoptive child)
  • Yearly Appreciation Event
  • Grants for children in foster care
  • Respite for children in subsidized adoption

Eligibility:

Foster, Adoptive, or Kinship parents in Iowa

Intake Process:

Support group locations and times vary. Please see website for details.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association empowers, supports and advocates for foster, adoptive and kinship families in Iowa. IFAPA provides training, peer support and resources to promote safety, permanency and well-being for Iowa’s children. Membership with IFAPA is free to all foster, adoptive and kinship parents in Iowa.

Services:

Membership benefits include:

  • Annual Spring Conference
  • IFAPA Newsletters and Publications
  • Family Appreciation Event
  • Foster care and Adoption parent therapists
  • Online Resources

Intake Process:

Call or see website for details.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The Kinship Connections program is a resource for families caring for a relative’s child or a child considered kin placed through Juvenile Court. IFAPA provides peer support, information, resources, and referrals to community services.

Services:

  • Parenting Courses
  • Support Groups
  • Resources

Intake Process:

Call or see website for details.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Peer Liaisons

IFAPA employs 11 Peer Liaisons across Iowa who mentor foster families and provide peer-to-peer support. IFAPA Peer Liaisons are established foster parents who have experience dealing with many of the same issues facing other foster families. They are trained to help empower foster families to advocate for the best interests of the children in their care and promote best practice. The Peer Liaisons will assist families in understanding DHS Child Welfare initiatives including: forming partnerships with birth families, maintain sibling connections and connections to a child’s culture, and participating in family interactions. They are knowledgeable about DHS policies and practices and can assist foster families to identify and address training needs. Peer Liaisons offer support through phone, email, and/or face-to-face interaction.

Services:

Peer Liaisons will initiate contact with all newly licensed resource families to welcome them to foster care, to explain IFAPA’s programs and services, and to respond to a family’s questions or concerns. They can answer questions regarding:

  • Foster parent licensing requirements
  • Understanding the DHS chain of command
  • Training requirements and the availability of training in the area
  • Foster care reimbursement
  • Medicaid/Title XIX
  • Foster parent rights and responsibilities
  • Availability of support groups in your area
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Resolution of communication issues with a social worker
  • Respite care
  • Changes within the foster care system
  • Behavior challenges

If they do not know the answer to a question, they will help find the needed information. IFAPA Peer Liaisons will maintain confidentiality at all times.

Intake Process:

Call for more information.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Foster, adoptive and kinship parents are welcome to attend any of our trainings. Even if you adopted internationally, privately or from another state, all Iowa adoptive parents are welcome to attend. There is no cost to attend our trainings (with the exception of our Spring Conference and CPR & First Aid classes). All of our trainings are approved for foster parent credit.

Services:

  • CPR and First Aid Training
  • HIV Training
  • Mandatory Reporter Training
  • Medication Management Training
  • Support Group Training
  • Online Training

Eligibility:

Foster, adoptive, kinship parents, and social workers.

Intake Process:

Parents can sign up for a class by completing our TRAINING REGISTRATION FORM or by calling our office at 800-277-8145 ext. 1. IFAPA will follow-up within two business days to confirm your enrollment in the class.

Hours:

Training schedule varies. See website or call for details.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website