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Alaska Center for Resource Families
A project of Northwest Resource Associates
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...
TAX TIME IS HERE!
As you start working on your taxes, information about valuable adoption and foster care tax credits and exemptions may be available to you. We are not tax experts here at ACRF and we always advise parents to get professional advice when it comes to taxes. Two resources might help you know what to ask your tax professional and educate you on what might be available to you.
NACAC has a good page describing the Federal Adoption Tax Credit which is available to families who have adopted since 2012.(Notice that there are different info sheets for different years.)
In some cases, a foster child living with a foster home who has lived in that home for more than half the year in 2015 may be a “qualifying child” and may be eligible to be claimed as a Dependent Exemption. Find out more in a publication from Foster and Adoptive Family Services called Claiming a Dependent Exception for A Child in Foster Care. You can refer to IRS Publication 501 especially referring to Page 13 under “Qualifying Child.”
ACRF is excited to have Josh Kroll from NCAC presenting Wednesday, March 9 Noon to 1 p.m. for our Rural Teleconference on Tax Issues Related to Foster Care and Adoption. Find call in information under the Training Calendars Tab.
Let’s Talk ICWA
(A Teleconference for Resource Families the First Thursday of the Month from 4 to 5 p.m.)
Next Session: February 12. TOPIC: Communication between Tribes and Resource Families.
TO PARTICIPATE: call 1-800-944-8766. Participant Code 22460#.
This telephonic event is designed specifically for foster and pre-adoptive parents across Alaska to learn about ICWA (the Indian Child Welfare Act) and to have a chance to get your questions answered. Led by April Stahl, OCS ICWA Coordinator in Anchorage, and Danielle Holt, from Kawerak in the Nome Region. Each session will start with a brief discussion of a specific topic related to ICWA and then be opened up for questions or concerns about what ICWA means and does in Alaska.
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