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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.


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.  

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before College

Posted on 07/31/2015 at 2:40 PM



Today Iowa College Aid releases the first video in the “Education Empowers” series, interviews with students on issues facing students who are making the transition to college from high school. Students of lower income, students of color and first generation students (those students who are the first in their family to continue into higher education) often find themselves unprepared for many of the changes that await them in college.

We’ve interviewed professionals who faced many of those issues to provide insight that can help students prepare and succeed in college. College is possible and we’re here to help! Please let us know your thoughts on this first video and share your ideas for subjects that students might find useful in future installments.

Which Foster Youth Issues are MOST IMPORTANT to you?

Posted on 06/28/2015 at 11:47 PM

Foster Youth Leaders from youth groups in the Foster Youth in Action national network want you to help them pick the most important issues that foster youth are facing in this Country.

Your opinion is really important, so please take 2 minutes to complete this poll.

YOUR most important issues will become OUR most important issues. The youth leaders with Foster Youth in Action will use the results to take action on what’s most important to you.

PLEASE complete this poll ASAP, and send to other current and former foster youth you know. We want to hear from them too.

CLICK HERE to choose the issues.....

FosterClub Welcomes 2015 All- Star Interns Jacob Carmi & Laticia Aossey!

Posted on 05/30/2015 at 5:00 PM

Twenty four young adults from foster care were selected to the 2015 All-Stars internship program at FosterClub - the national network for young people in foster care.  Over the course of six weeks, the All- Star Interns undergo professional training in order to motivate, educate and empower foster youth across the United States.


To view the press release  CLICK HERE

Text Messages To Promote College Access

Posted on 05/27/2015 at 1:00 AM

Iowa College Aid is piloting a new service to help students prepare for and succeed in college and meet important deadlines - targeted text messaging.
Text messaging is one of the latest strategies to reach students at key times in the college process. One such time is referred to as 'summer melt'. This is when high school students commit to attending a college the end of their senior year but don't actually start in the fall. Summer melt is a growing problem, especially for low-income, first-generation students.
Two key student populations are included in the text messaging pilot - All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship recipients and Iowa foster care youth.
"We realized that many All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship recipients attending community colleges fail to meet deadlines for a second year of funding even though they are eligible," said Todd Brown, executive officer over state programs. "Timely messages will focus on informing students of these deadlines."
Foster care students are particularly susceptible to summer melt as they often have limited support and guidance. Messages will provide encouragement and resources to help keep them on track over the summer and through their first year of college.
The first text message was sent this week to foster care students. Iowa College Aid will evaluate the impact of the text messaging over the year to determine if it should be used for a wider student population in the future.

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