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

Parenting 911: When things get tough

 

 

What's Happening in Alaska...


JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH

June is Pride Month and as an All Children All Families agency,  Northwest Resource Associates/Alaska Center for Resource Families wants all foster and adoptive families to know how to be supportive and caring to LGBTQ youth in our foster care system. Check out this guide “Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: A Guide for Foster Parents”  to get you started at https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/LGBTQyouth/ .

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Spotlight Safe Sleeping

Car Seat Safety for Children

Reduce the chances of serious injury during a car accident by following these steps:

  • Find the right car seat for the age and size of your child
    • Rear facing, front facing, booster seat
    • Keep child in a rear facing seat until 2 years old, in the harness strap until child is between 50 and 65lbs, and in the back seat until at least 12 years old
  • Install the car seat correctly (This is where most mistakes are found during inspection)
    • Know the parts of  the car seat and vehicle
    • Know the weight and age limits of the seat
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation
  • Keep your child safe in the car seat
    • The harness should be at or below the child’s shoulder when rear facing and at or above their shoulders when forward facing. Once you buckle and tighten the harness, pinch the strap at child’s shoulder. There should not be any excess.
    • Register your car seat and sign up for recall alerts
    • Have your car seat inspected by a Certified Technician

For more information about car seat types, parts, installation videos, registration check out www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats. To find an inspection location near you check out https://safealaskans.org/

Also check out https://thecarseatlady.com/top10 for car safety tips and for some of the most common mistakes parents make with car seats, visit https://safeseats4kids.aaa.com/top-car-seat-mistakes/.

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Tiny Training Bytes

Tiny Training Bytes— doing your training a bite at a time…  Our latest micro-training is focused on “Tips on Setting Up Good Communication with Your Foster Child’s Team.”   Try a Byte HERE. 

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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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