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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...
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.
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.