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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.

Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Funds

Posted on 03/05/2021 at 4:52 PM

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) will have the opportunity to offer extra support to help young people in foster care cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and the education and economic disruptions it has caused.  

We are gathering input from current and former youth in foster care and other stakeholders to help DHS decide how best to take advantage of this opportunity.

Your input will help DHS determine the types of support that are most needed and how that support can best be delivered.

Please fill out one of the services below and email the completed survey to:

Discussion Guide (general)  ages 13-18

Discussion Guide (Alumni)  ages 18-27

To print forms, press control P


AMP Plugged In & Charging Conference

Posted on 02/01/2021 at 2:21 PM

What: 2021 AMP Annual Conference When: Every Monday in February @ 6:00 - 7:30 Join us by “plugging in” to Zoom to hear from guest speakers on mental health, AMP history, transitioning through life, self defense/safety, and we will end the conference with a motivational speaker! (& maybe a couple of prizes)


Tonight is the first night of our AMP Annual Conference: Plugged in and Charging!  Tonight you will hear from Dr. George Belitsos, the founder and creator of YSS.   We can’t wait to see you all at 6:00 tonight!   


Taylor Hardin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: AMP Conference: Plugged in and Charging

Join Zoom Meeting


I am also sharing a link for a survey which we ask you complete after tonight’s conference!


Please contact Holly Dommer with any questions your may have.

Thank you in advance!

New Funding and Support for Older Foster Youth

Posted on 01/07/2021 at 4:08 PM

New Funding and Support for Older Foster Youth

New funding for cash assistance, housing, college and more has been passed by Congress. We invite you to learn more about what new supports are available. 

Think of Us is hosting a national Town Hall to discuss the Supporting Foster Youth & Families through the Pandemic Act. Our guests will be Assistant Secretary Lynn A. Johnson, Administration for Children and Families, and Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, who will share remarks. The Children’s Bureau staff will give a high-level overview of the initial information related to new funding and additional support for current and former foster youth 14 to 26. 

Thanks to the tremendous work of current and former foster youth and the thousands of leaders the $900 billion stimulus bill has been signed into law. In addition to direct stimulus payments of $600 to eligible individuals, the bill also includes the Supporting Foster Youth & Families through the Pandemic Act (H.R. 7947)

Virtual Town Hall

New Funding and Support for Older Foster Youth

Friday, January 8, 2021

2:00pm to 3:00pm, ET


Assistant Secretary Lynn A. Johnson

Administration for Children and Families 

Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner

Children’s Bureau 

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Sixto Cancel
Think of Us, CEO

FAFSA Opens October 1, 2020

Posted on 09/14/2020 at 12:53 AM

FAFSA opens October 1

On October 1, it will be time to submit your 2020-21 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Remember, you need to do this for every single year that you’re attending college. You can fill out the form on your computer, on your phone using the myStudentAid mobile app on iOS or Android, or on paper (call 1-800-4-FEDAID to request a form). If you’re a returning user, you’ll need your user name and password (FSA ID) to log in.

Learn more at

AMP Minicamp at the Blank Park Zoo

Posted on 08/26/2020 at 5:20 PM


Zoo Trip Cancelled

After much contemplation, we have decided to cancel Saturday’s Zoo trip.  We plan to reschedule this event sometime in the spring, when there is better weather and lower numbers for Covid-19 (hopefully). 

I apologize for the inconvenience, although our biggest priority right now is safety for all.  I/we hope you are understanding of this, as this was something we were all looking forward to and it was a difficult decision to be made. 

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