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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.

New DHS Survey to assist Workforce Development

Posted on 10/11/2017 at 2:40 PM

DHS is assisting the Iowa Workforce Development on a project to better understand and help youth in Iowa prepare for and find gainful employment.  


To do our best work, we need gather some information from the young people themselves.   Please ask youth aged 18-26 to complete this short survey:

  • This is a survey to be completed by a young adult online, but the youth may receive assistance from you, a youth services professional.  Click to access the Youth Survey: 10 questions


While we are at it, we would like to know more about your needs as well.  If you are a youth services worker or administrator, please complete this survey.

  • This is a survey aimed at getting feedback from youth services professionals to identify their needs.  This survey can be completed online by the staff member.  Click to access the Youth Services Professionals Survey: 6 questions

We will be accepting surveys until October 25th!  Thank you.  


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

Dream Seed Grant - Round 4 Apply now!

Posted on 09/20/2017 at 5:50 PM




"Dreams are the whispers of the soul....listen to your soul's whispers,

for therein lies your destiny"    ~ Nathan Collier


What is the whisper of YOUR soul? The Ames Interfaith Community wants to support your dream.  The focus of the young person's use of Dream Seed funds is to assist in the transition to adult life, including the desire to make a positive contribution to society in realizing an individual dream. This may include pursuing a personal goal related to career, educational or community betterment/development goals.  


Dream Seed fund is not to support therapy or other mental health needs, or meet basic needs for living.  While a youth's particular spiritual path may be of supreme importance that is also not the focus.  For these needs, youth are encouraged to access funding streams connected with the particular areas.



WHAT?                         Dream Seed was created by the Ames Unity Church and is funded by the

                                        Ames Interfaith Community to fund the dreams of young people. It is an

                                        investment in your future!


AM I ELIGIBLE?             A Dream Seed grant is available to an AMP youth age 16 and older who is

                                        served by one of the 14 AMP Councils across Iowa. Youth participating in

                                        the Iowa Aftercare Services Network are also eligible.


AMOUNT?                     Grants of up to $300 will be awarded


HOW DO I APPLY?        Complete the Dream Seed Application and mail it to:  
                                     YSS Family Counseling Center – Attn. AMP  

                                         125 S. 3rd Street, Ames, IA 50010

                                         Applications are due October 13, 2017


WHEN WILL I HEAR?    Dream Seed awards will be determined by November 3, 2017 and you

                                         will be notified by November 10, 2017


THEN WHAT?                You will have between December 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018 to make

                                         significant strides in reaching your dream.  You will be asked to provide

                                         a brief oral report via phone to the Selection Committee by June 30, 2018.


CLICK HERE for application (use "control P" to print)


New Statewide AMP Newsletter!

Posted on 07/13/2017 at 1:07 PM

September AMP Newsletter is hot off the press!  Get a first hand glance at council locations, meeting topics, upcoming events and special features from AMP Facilitators statewide!  Entries are needed the last week of each month....

 If you would like to include a story in the newsletter please Send it to:  Jessica Perry


July 2017 AMP Newsletter

August 2017 AMP Newsletter


September 2017 AMP Newsletter

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.

February newsletter

March newsletter




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


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