Alaska Center for Resource Families

A project of Northwest Resource Associates

Want to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent?  Call 1-800-478-7307!


At the Alaska Center for Resource Families, our mission is to provide support and training to all of Alaska’s resource families (foster, adoptive, relative caretakers and guardianship families) in order to strengthen them and enhance current skills, while developing new ones. We are dedicated to working in collaborative relationships with OCS, Tribes, and others involved in the foster care and adoptive systems.

The Alaska Center for Resource Families seeks to support, encourage, and assist individuals who wish to become foster parents or to adopt through the foster care system.  Our program welcomes all prospective parents regardless of race, age, sex, marital status, religious beliefs, physical disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.


What's Happening in Alaska...


“Getting and Understanding the FASD Diagnosis” (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016: Noon to 1 p.m.   Free Call In Teleconference! 

Join Barb Chambers. Parent Navigator with the FASDx Clinic Diagnostic Team to learn what goes into an FASD Diagnosis,  where the teams are located in the state, and the role of parent navigator in helping families.   TO PARTICIPATE:   Call 1-800-944-8766,  When asked, enter Participant Code 26867#. If you hear music, stay on the line until the leader joins the call.

FASDX Brochure

 Keeping Foster Children in Their School of Origin: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

A new Federal Law called “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) is making changes in the way the Alaska schools work with children and youth in foster care.  ESSA is the first major overall of federal education law in a decade and for the first time now contain key protections for students in foster care to promote school stability and success.    OCS will be working with school districts to develop policies that assist youth to stay in their school of origin.   Learn more about ESSA through the article below. Also check out our upcoming Training Tracks newsletter for a summary.

Highlights About Impact on Foster Care From The Every Student Succeeds Act.

Letter Sent to Anchorage Resource Families August 2016 About Upcoming School Year



Do you know that children and youth in foster care are at risk for falling behind in school and studies? Resource families who are “education champions” can make all the difference in the world!   ACRF has put together the Education Guide for Alaska Resource Families to help new foster parents know the basics of supporting children in school and helping them succeed.  Check it out!


Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard – Have You Been Trained?

You’ll be hearing from your licensing worker to make sure you have read about and understand about the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard.   So why not get your training credit in while you learn?     ACRF has two self-studies to help you learn about this very important change in policy that give foster parent more leeway in making decisions but also holds them to a standard of sensible decisionmaking based on a child’s ability and developmental stage. You can do both!  Click on the links below to open these trainings.

1.0 Hour Training Tracks: The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard

1.5 Hour Self Study Course: The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard: Information For Resource Parents


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