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Alaska Center for Resource Families
A project of Northwest Resource Associates
Our vision is that all resource families in Alaska have the information, training, support and skills to provide quality care to the children in their homes. The Alaska Center For Resource Families (ACRF) provides a continuum of services to Alaska foster parents, adoptive parents, relative caretakers and guardians.
ACRF has offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Mat-Su and Juneau. Through onsite, distance education and teleconference training, we provide the training necessary to become foster parents or to meet on-going training requirements for maintaining a foster care license.
Pre- and post adoption and guardianship support services are available regardless of whether you adopted through the foster care system, internationally, tribally or privately. Services include an extensive resource library, adoption preparation training, case management, education through self-study courses or on-site and telephonic trainings, support, referrals and crisis management.
Our services are offered free-of-charge. Contact the ACRF office in your area for more information.
What's Happening in Alaska...
The National Foster Parent Association puts out a booklet outlining federal tax benefits and requirements related to foster and adoptive care. To becoming a member, go to their website at http://nfpaonline.org/ . The most current year (2014) is available to current members only. Past years including 2013, however, are available for download. You might want to share the information with your tax professional if you have foster or adopted children in your home.
In addition, The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) shares information about the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. Find this information in our Information Packet: Tax Credits and Adoption or go to their website at www.nacac.org . This valuable tax credit is a one time tax credit that families can claim once if you adopted since 2005. But it’s complicated and depends on the year you adopted and your circumstances. SO check it out and talk with your tax professional to see if this applies to you.
There’s been a recent rash of infant deaths in Alaska, many of them due to unsafe sleep environments and co-sleeping with infants when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Join us on March 11 at Noon for a teleconference training with John Luchansky, Psychiatric Nurse for OCS Northern Region to talk about “Safe Babies, Safe Sleeping.”
The Alaska DHSS has produced a 30 second video that emphasizes the importance of safe sleeping practices that you can see at “Safe Baby, Safe Sleep” by AlaskaDHSS: http://vimeo.com/104040062
Check out this brochure from the Alaska Division of Public Health for more ideas for safe sleep. Safe Sleep Brochure
ACRF will be sponsoring a four part series on the impact of trauma upon children and trauma in the Mat Su Valley. Thanks to a grant from the Mat Su Health Foundation, this series will be available to resource families, as well as agency and tribal staff, and the general community. Topics will included Understanding Trauma (including multi-generational and historical trauma), What’s Underneath the Behavior, Connecting Before Correcting, and Special Issues when Working with Teens. All of these workshops will apply to foster parent training credit and focus on trauma informed care. For more information, check out the Registration Flyer.