The Illinois Foster and Adoptive Parent Association (IFAPA) is the only nationally recognized foster parent association in Illinois. The IFAPA stays on top of new laws, rules, regulations and funding proposed by DCFS or the Illinois state legislature. It actively seeks funding for foster and adoptive parents to attend conferences. It advocates for foster and adoptive parents.

IFAPA was organized to provide support and education to foster and adoptive parents. By advocating for positive change in the child welfare system, both foster children and foster/adoptive parents benefit. By listening to concerns of foster/adoptive parents throughout the state, area of needed reform can be targeted and addressed.