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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.

If you have a teen heading to college, this is the training for you!

Posted on 11/29/2011 at 2:39 PM

January 1st is coming up fast and if you have a teen heading to college, this is the training for you!  Well worth the drive to Cedar Rapids to hear all the resources that apply to youth in foster care or adopted from foster care.



Transitioning Resources: A Toolbox for Transitioning (6 hrs. credit) - This training highlights important resources that can help youth in foster care and after.  It will also explain how and when to access the many resources. This information will increase the youth’s potential for success by maximizing their opportunity for achieving better outcomes transitioning from foster care to adulthood. This is a very educational and interactive class that will help you in finding needed resources in your area for the youth. Topics discussed will help engage the youth in planning for their future.


Teens are also welcome to attend this class.

To sign up for this class:


REGISTER VIA PHONE (Leave message) Call 800-277-8145 ext. 1 or 515-289-4567 ext. 1

REGISTER ON IFAPA WEBSITE To sign up for a training through our website,
click here.

After registering for a class, you can expect a confirmation email about one week prior to the training date. This confirmation e-mail will tell you the location of the class and include information for the training location. For those who do not have an email address, a confirmation letter will be mailed out. 


Here are some of the topics that will be covered:





1.      All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant

2.      AEA - Area Education Agency

3.      Community College/Private College/Public University

4.      Drivers Education

  1. ETV - Education & Training Voucher
  2. FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid


1.      IVRS - Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

2.      IWD - Iowa Workforce Development Center

3.      Job Corps

Health - Physical & Mental

  1. CPC - Central Point of Coordination
  2. EPSDT – Early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment
  3. Iowa Department of Public Health
  5. Medicaid, Title 19, MIYA – Medicaid for Independent Young Adults


  1. Clothing Voucher & Shoe Program

2.      Foster Care:  shelter, foster family, foster group/PMIC, and SAL – Supervised Apartment Living – Voluntary Placement Agreement

  1. Foster Home Insurance Fund
  2. HUD - Housing and Urban Development – Housing Choice Voucher

Legal Documents

1.      Adoption

2.      Birth Certificate, certified

  1. Guardian ad Litem
  2. Guardianship & Subsidized Guardianship
  3. High School Diploma
  4. Immunization card

Transition Planning & Supportive Services

1.      Ancillary Needs

2.      ACLSA - Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment

3.      CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate

4.      AMP fka Elevate

5.      Foster Club

6.      Fostering Connections Legislation

7.      IASN - Iowa Aftercare Services Network & PAL - Preparation for Adult Living

8.      Iowa Friends of Foster Children Foundation

And much, much more!


What's Up?

Posted on 11/14/2011 at 2:22 PM

Consider Helping!

You can make a difference to youth in foster care through a donation of your time, talent or treasure. If you are interested in establishing a Foster Care Youth Council in your county, AMP would be very interested in meeting with you. We hope to add several new partner agencies and councils this year.
Ruth Buckels
AMP Statewide Coordinator
AMP Headquarters
Family Life Center
125 S. 3rd
Ames, IA 50010


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