Alaska Center for Resource Families

A project of Northwest Resource Associates

Want to become a foster or adoptive parent? 

Looking for support and resources after adoption?

Call (800) 478-7307 or (866) 478-7307

(907) 479-7307


We provide support and training to Alaska’s resource families – foster, adoptive, relative caretakers and guardianship families.  We seek to work in collaboration with the State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services, Tribes, and others involved in the foster care and adoptive systems.   We welcome all prospective parents regardless of race, age, sex, marital status, religious beliefs, physical disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.Parenting 911: When things get tough



What's Happening in Alaska...

ACRF Is Hiring in Mat Su


ACRF is hiring for a  Family Support Specialist in Wasilla  (Full time.)   This position works with foster and adoptive families and comes with benefits.   Interested in joining a great team?   For more information, click on the link for a job description and send a cover letter and resumesto Director Aileen McInnis at or mail to ACRF, 840 K Street, STE 101 Anchorage, Alaska  99501 by January 4, 2019.  




For our families, children and professionals in Southcentral Alaska, we hope you are safe and sound.  This is an anxious time and the same is for the children in your homes.  So here are some good tips from the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Talking to Your Children about the earthquake and the resulting situations you may find yourself in.   (More tips  at )

  1. Talk to children and teenagers about their feelings and how they are affected.

  2. Use simple honest answers.

  3. Be prepared to discuss the same details many times.

  4. Let children know that adults also don't always understand why things happen.

  5. Do your best to be supportive, loving and predictable.

  6. Encourage them to engage in physical play and exercise.

Here are some helpful resources for helping children:

Tiny Training Bytes

Tiny Training Bytes— doing your training a bite at a time…  Our latest micro-training is focused on “The Importance of Stability in a Foster Youth’s Education.”    Try a Byte HERE.



Check Out Our Newest Audio Courses!

Fostering the Sexually Abused Child, Pt. 2 (Dealing with Sexually Acting Out) (July 24, 2018)

Negotiating Social Media With Your Teen  (May 23, 2018)

Fostering the Sexually Abused Child, Part 1  (June 12, 2018)


Online Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training Available

Alaska Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training  This course was developed by the Children's Justice Act Task Force and The State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services to guide mandatory reporters of child maltreatment. Foster parents are mandatory reporters. Complete the course “Test Your Knowledge” and send a copy of your Certificate of Completion for a total of 3.0 hours credit.

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