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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.

AMP Mini Conference at Hawkeye Comm. College in Waterloo March 3, 2020

Posted on 03/06/2020 at 3:20 PM

Thinking about where you would like to attend college next fall?  Take this opportunity to come to the AMP mini Conference and explore careers, ask questions to a student panel, tour the college and meet some people that could be a part of your future!  Contact your local AMP facilitator if you need a ride...


NYTD Expressive Creations Contest

Posted on 02/03/2020 at 12:16 AM

Good morning,


My name is Taylor Barry and I am the State of Iowa's National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Coordinator. Some of you may recognize my email through assisting me in completing the NYTD 17 outcomes surveys. However, in addition to collecting and reporting outcomes, Iowa NYTD is also involved in several youth engagement activities. One of those is the Expressive Creations Contest, which I'm hoping you will help spread the word about today. Iowa NYTD has previously held three Expressive Creations Contests and is happy to present their 4th Annual Foster Youth Expressive Creations Contest: 


"I show kindness by..."


Youth up to age 24 who have experienced foster care are invited to create a work of art demonstrating how they display kindness in their life. 


Iowa NYTD will award gift cards of up to $100.00 for the top 3 entries. The artist of the top entry will also have the option to submit their work in the 2020 Doodle for Google contest


The deadline to submit entries is March 6, 2020. Participants are welcome to submit a digital copy of their entry or mail the original entry to our office: 


Digital Submission: Upload a photo of the art on social media using the hashtag #NYTDKind, or email a photo of the art to, or




Mail Submission: Mail original work of art to: 


Iowa Department of Human Rights

Attn: Iowa NYTD  

Lucas State Office Building, 2nd Floor

321 E. 12th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319


To see last years entries, or for more information, visit the link below:  


If you have any questions I can be reached at 515-725-4050 or, otherwise please feel free to hang, distribute, and share the attached flyer with any groups of youth that you think might be interested in participating. 


Deadline is March 6, 2020!


Taylor Barry, M.S.

Program Planner 1 

Iowa Department of Human Rights,

Criminal & Juvenile Justice Planning Division

321 E. 12th Street | Lucas State Office Building

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-9903


Phone: 515-725-4050


Iowa National Youth in Transition Database

Iowa Department of Human Rights

321 E. 12th Street | Lucas State Office Building

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-9903

Phone: 1-888-228-4912

Research study about the impacts of social support on college students who are foster care alumni

Posted on 10/09/2019 at 3:10 PM

Here is an opportunity for current foster youth & foster care alumni who are in college or recently have graduated college...

My name is Malia Minnick and I am a doctoral student in the EdD program with a focus in higher education administration at New England College in Henniker, NH. I am currently seeking participants for my dissertation research study about the impacts of social support on students who were previously in foster care's ability to achieve at the college level.


If you are interested in being a participant (or know someone who is), please read the details of my study below and contact me directly:

Participants of the study must meet the following criteria:

- recent college graduates (within the past ten years) or current college students at a 2 or 4 year institution in the United States

-have been/currently are in the US foster care system. Participants may have aged out, been adopted, or returned to their family of origin after their foster care experience. 


As a foster and adoptive parent myself, I am passionate about the educational success of this population and look forward to conducting my research with them.

Below is a description of my study and methods of contact for me:

My study aims to understand systems of social support in higher education that students involved in foster care perceive that they have access to, their willingness to accept/use such supports, and the gaps where support does not exist for students through a qualitative research design. Participants will all be current or previous youth involved in the United States foster care system who have graduated or are currently enrolled in a two- or four-year college. The aim is to
recruit 20 participants.

Participants will complete a demographic questionnaire to collect information about their time in their time in foster care and college experiences, as well as basic information about their personal identities (age, gender, race, etc.). After completion of the demographic questionnaire, participants will take part in a semi-structured online interview lasting about 1.5 hours, or until saturation of the data has been achieved, via Skype or Zoom.


The focus of this study is to gather information specifically about the impact of social support on college persistence for students involved in foster care, rather than on traumas experienced prior to/during foster care. Participation is voluntary and participants may revoke their consent to participate (or decline answering specific questions) at any time without penalty. Data will be collected via audio recording on a secure recording device. The device will be stored in a locked cabinet. The transcription of data will be done on a password protected computer and encrypted to ensure confidentiality. Names and identifying information will be removed from the transcription and not included in any final reports. After five years, all data will be destroyed.


Qualitative data will be analyzed through qualitative coding by the primary researcher in two cycles, first by applying in vivo codes to capture participants’ voices and then to bring codes together into overarching themes. Results of the analysis will be displayed visually and in the form of a written description with examples in participants’ own words.

If you have any questions about the study or feel that you may qualify as a participant please contact:

Malia Minnick, MEd, NCC

Thank you for your time.


Malia Minnick, MEd, NCC

Forest Lake Minicamp!

Posted on 09/06/2019 at 3:13 PM

Mark your calendars for the next AMP minicamp!

Plan to attend this 2 day event at Forest Lake Campgrounds.  We can promise you indoor & outdoor activities, great food, learning life skills and providing leadership opportunities!  Don't forget the team building games and silly songs around the campfire...


See details on the flyer below and contact your AMP Facilitator to sign you up to attend!


New videos featuring AMP youth & Child & Family Policy Center

Posted on 07/12/2019 at 4:15 PM

Three new videos talking about Families First Act, Iowa Aftercare Services and needing more families for teens feature the voices of AMP youth who were part of the Casey Cohort to bring awareness to issues foster youth face in Iowa.



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