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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...
Alaskans are generous folks and many step forward to help others during the holidays. If you want to help provide a gift for a child in foster care, there are many ways to do that. Contact your local ACRF office and ask about local events to donate to. The Alaska Club network is collecting gifts for children in foster care. And radio station KZND-Pure Rock and Alaska Integrated Media, Inc., is hosting its annual Pump Up The Kids Drive in Anchorage. Or make some cookies for your favorite foster or adoptive family (or social worker!) Thanks for your support and wishing you the warmest of holiday seasons!
Join us for the monthly Rural Telephonic Training and Support Group for Resource Families. Call into 1-866-554-6142, and then when asked, enter the code: 216 937 8807#.
TONIGHT, DECEMBER 9, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00pm. “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Part 1” with Betsy Woodin, ACRF HANDOUT for tonights class.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014 from NOON to 1:00pm. “OCS FORUM: Resource Family Advisory Board” Dial in and talk with Brian Headdings and Yurii Miller, Co-Chairs and find out more about what RFAB is up to. Check out the RFAB web site for information too!
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. When it comes to bedtime, parents need to follow the ABC Rules for Sleeping Babies so that their little one is kept safe.
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.