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IFAPA has received special money from Chaffee Funds for teens (age 16 and older) in foster care that can 

only be requested through June 30, 2015. This special grant can be accessed through IFAPA's Friends of 

Children in Foster Care Program. These grants will be available for up to $300 per youth for items such as: 

extra-curricular activities, educational tutoring, senior photos, prom attire, class rings, camps, etc. This 

funding is for all teens (16 years and older) in a foster care placement including shelter, foster family homes, group care, & supervised apartment living. 


To apply for this special funding, please complete a FRIENDS APPLICATION (LINK BELOW) and submit to IFAPA for consideration.

Taking Applications now for Variety AMP Camp!

Posted on 05/03/2017 at 8:39 PM

Applications are now available for Variety AMP Camp!

Each year AMP brings teens from all over Iowa to be a part of the magic that happens at Variety AMP Camp.  Last year we had ten mentors and forty-one youth spend six days at the Iowa 4H Camp in Madrid, IA.  Each mentor shared their life experience with the AMP Campers and formed a special bond which provided a life-long connection to teens that have lived in the child welfare “system”.   Campers also attended trainings that prepared them for leadership roles when they returned to their local AMP Councils. If your teen is not part of an AMP Council, this is a great opportunity to experience AMP and meet members of an existing council so they can be involved in AMP after camp!

This year Variety AMP Camp will be in a new location; Forest Lake Camp in Bloomington Iowa (approx. ten miles south of Ottumwa).  YSS Camp Staff will offer activities specifically designed with teenagers in mind such as: swimming, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, geo casting, tie dying shirts, art projects, archery, cooking plus various hikes and campfires.  AMP offers guest speakers that encourage self-awareness, forward thinking, character counts, telling their stories of hope through poetry and expressing their feelings through art!  IFAPA is offering training for youth & parents together on Saturday, June 24th at camp on transition planning and how to protect youth from the dangers of human trafficking (six foster parent licensing hours approved).  Variety AMP Camp changes youth and the adults that stand in awe of their resilience! 

Camp applications are now on the AMP website:  /en/happenings/variety_amp_camp/

Mentor applications (10 positions) are for young adults ages 18-22 who have already attended Variety AMP Camp as a camper, but are now interested in mentoring younger teens.  Mentor training begins June 20th at 10:00am.  Youth applications (40 spots) are for teens ages 15-18 who want to be part of the youth voice that advocates for change in Iowa’s Child Welfare System!  


Fill out your camp application today and plan to send your teen to Variety AMP Camp…the experience of a lifetime!


Changes in Iowa's Child Welfare system effective July 1, 2017

Posted on 04/21/2017 at 2:02 PM

Iowa’s child welfare system of care is child and family driven providing a cross-system spectrum of effective, community-based services, supports, policies, and processes for children and youth, from birth through young adulthood. To best meet the needs of individuals served through this system of care and the dedicated professionals responsible for system of care service delivery and best possible outcomes, Iowa’s system of care will be improved though the implementation of new service contracts that go into effect starting July 1, 2017.


To learn more about the Iowa's child welfare system of care, please visit:


This page is intended to provide more detailed information about Iowa’s child welfare system of care philosophy and to provide updates to all parties interested in the implementation of these Child Welfare / Juvenile Justice contracts.

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Take care.


Doug Wolfe

Program Planner

Iowa Dept. of Human Services

1305 E. Walnut Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

phone  (515)-242-5452

fax  (515)-281-6248

Student Financial Aid

Posted on 02/21/2017 at 10:34 AM


Guardian Scholars Deadline extended to March 15!!‚Äč

Did you know that more than $2.7 BILLION goes unclaimed in financial aid each year?  The statistics are VERY good that you will be eligible for federal student aid.   85% of all students have a chance of getting some kind of student financial aid and 92% of students from low-income households receive grant and scholarships, which never has to be paid back.  Don't Miss this Opportunity to Apply!!  Students who were in foster care between ages 14-18 can receive a scholarship for up to $8,000/year- application details can be found at:



Tonia Smith

ETV & Foster Grant Coordinator

Iowa College Aid

1305 E Walnut Street, FL 5 | Des Moines, IA 50319-0114

515-281-8797 | fax: 515-281-6248


Plugged in & Charging Spring Conference!

Posted on 12/27/2016 at 4:59 PM

Save the date:  Friday February 17th & Saturday February 18th, 2017.  Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave. Ottumwa, Iowa.

Register for the conference: CLICK HERE




Posted on 12/22/2015 at 2:03 PM



From the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) made the decision to delay Iowa's plan to change current Medicaid programs to Medicaid Managed Care. CMS, in their letter to Iowa Medicaid Director, Mikki Stier, outlined a list of issues to be resolved during the delay.  

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