Alaska Center for Resource Families

A project of Northwest Resource Associates


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Want to become a foster or adoptive parent? 

Looking for support and resources after adoption?

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

 

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.

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What's Happening in Alaska...


DHSS Proposing New Foster Care Regulations— Seeking Resource Family Input

The Department of Health and Social Services has released a regulations package regarding changes to the OCS Foster Care Licensing and OCS Payment regulations for Public Comment on the Online Public Notices site at: https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=188790

Interested persons may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to Tracy Spartz-Campbell at tracy.spartz-campbell@alaska.gov or P.O. Box 110630, Attn. Tracy Spartz-Campbell, Juneau, AK 99811-0630. The comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 6, 2018.

Additionally, interested persons may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Tracy Spartz-Campbell at tracy.spartz-campbell@alaska.gov or at the Office of Children’s Services; 130 Seward Street, Suite 406, Juneau, AK 99801.  Questions must be received at least 10 days before the end of the public comment period. Oral or written comments also may be submitted at a hearing to be held on March 9, 2018, at the Frontier Building, Room 880, 3601 C Street, Anchorage, Alaska from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  If you are unable to attend in person, but would like to comment during the oral public hearing, you can call the teleconference number at 800-897-3316 (toll free).

If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Tracy Spartz-Campbell at (907) 465-4894 no later than March 2, 2018 to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

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.

 

Tiny Training Bytes— doing your training a bite at a time… January’s training is focused on Boundaries and Touch in Foster Care.  Try a Byte HERE.

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It’s Tax Time!

Time to think about Taxes as we file for 2017!   Foster and adoptive families always have a lot of questions about taxes this time of year.  For the best answers for your particular situation, it is best to consult a tax professional or accountant, but here are two resources that might help you educate yourself about what is out there.  First,  here is useful, concise overview on “Claiming a Dependent Exemption for a Child in Foster Care” that can help you determine if a child in your foster home is a qualifying child for an exemption.   Remember that the OCS foster care reimbursement is not considered income for tax purposes.

Secondly, if you have adopted a child,  you can learn about the most recent guidelines about claiming the adoption tax credit at the NCAC Adoption Tax Credit 2017 page.

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