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...

  Tuesday, September 9 is FASD Awareness Day.  
  What is happening where you live? 





FASD Awareness in Restaurants
Table tents in restaurants in Juneau, Anchorage, Bethel, Nome, Fairbanks, and Mat-Su offer a free non-alcoholic beverage to every pregnant woman, with information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Sponsored by the Alaska FASD Partnership, in collaboration with Juneau Partnerships for Families, Volunteers of America Alaska, Alaska Center for Children and Adults, Nome Youth Facility, Alaska CHARR (Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer’s Association), and many volunteers. When & Where: Tuesday, Sept. 9th at restaurants statewide. Contact:


FASD Awareness Day Event
Hosted by the Anchorage FASD Council and Anchorage School District, this event will feature activities for children, 25 information tables from local agencies, and speakers Alaska State Senator Kevin Meyer and Kyle Hopkins from Alaska Dispatch News. When & Where:  Tuesday, Sept. 9, 5:30-8:30pm at Anchorage School District Education Center Atrium. Contact:

FASD Into Action
Offered by Stone Soup Group and Trinity Behavioral Health, this 8-week training offers practical tools for working with people affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. It includes an overview of associated behaviors, understanding of the diagnostic process, and effective interventions. When & Where:  Tuesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28 at Stone Soup Group. Contact:

FASD Foundations (FASD 101)
Offered by the Arctic FASD Regional Training Center, this a four-hour intensive workshop that covers the foundations of FASD knowledge, including cause of FASD, characteristics, prevalence, effects of alcohol on developing fetus, screening, diagnosis, and introduction to treatment and interventions. When & Where:  Tuesday, Sept. 9th, 9:00-5:00pm, at BP Energy Center. Contact:


FASD Into Action
Offered by Alaska Center for Children and Adults (ACCA), this 8-week training is designed for parents and caregivers to help build a set of tools to minimize difficult behaviors and promote success in children with FASD and other brain differences. Dinner provided. Where & When: Tuesdays, Sept. 23-Nov. 11 at ACCA. Contact:


Kiana School will host information booths in the school lobby during lunch, a community awareness walk, a prevention poster contest up to 6th grade, an acronym contest for 7th through 12th graders using the letters FASD to form a positive statement. When & Where: Tuesday, Sept. 9th at Kiana School. Contact:


Not A Single Drop  Ilisagvik College will host an International FASD Awareness Day event, inviting community members to drop by for a discussion about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. When & Where: Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7pm, at the Tuzzy Library. Contact Erin at 852-4050.


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