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Alaska Center for Resource Families
A project of Northwest Resource Associates
Want to become a foster or adoptive parent? Call 1-800-478-7307!
Our mission is to provide support and training to Alaska’s resource families (foster, adoptive, relative caretakers and guardianship families) in order to strengthen them, enhance current skills, and develop 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...
All Children, All Families
The Alaska Center for Resource Families is proud to be an All Children, All Families agency who welcomes LGBT Families and seek to support LGBTQ youth. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers these resources for professionals to support their work with LGBTQ youth who have faced sexual assault or other traumatic events that LGBTQ youth commonly experience:
- LGBTQ: Voices of Trauma, Lives of Promise (2016)—13-minute video
- Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth (2015)—24-minute video. Accompanying this video is a 2-Page Video Resource Guide (2015) (PDF) to help you use the video as a training tool during a staff meeting or in supervision with staff.
- LGBTQ Youth and Sexual Abuse: Information for Mental Health Professionals (2014)—tip sheet
Tribal Child? Establish a Tribal Medical Home.
Alaska foster parents recently received a letter from OCS Director Christy Lawton asking that foster parents help Alaska Native children placed in state custody be connected to a tribal health organization. This will assist with mazimixing the Medicaid resource available to the state that will in turn help ease the burden on Alaska’s general fund budget. Read Dir. Lawton’s letter here.
Tiny Training Bytes— doing your training a bite at a time… June 2017 is focused on infant care (sleeping, crying, swaddling, and more).
Try a Byte HERE.