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...

Rural Teleconference Series: Adoption Home Studies, March 10, 7 p.m.

Join us on March 10, 2015.  7 to 8 p.m.  with ACRF Staff Ruth Post to discuss adoption home studies.To join on the day, call  1-800-944-8766, Participant Code 20893#.

HANDOUT: Understanding the Home Study Process


Rural Teleconference Series: Safe Sleeping. Safe Babies March 11 at Noon

Join us on March 11 from Noon to 1 p.m. at Noon for a teleconference training with John Luchansky,  Psychiatric Nurse for OCS Northern Region to talk about “Safe Babies, Safe Sleeping.”   To join on the day, call  1-800-944-8766, Participant Code 20893#.

HANDOUTS: Healthy Babies Project



It's That Time of Year! Foster and Adoptive Parent Tax Information

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 .   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 .  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.

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