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, and Mat-Su. 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.
The Alaska Center for Resource Families began in 1988 as a project of
Northwest Resource Associates called the Alaska Foster Parent Training
Center. Based in Fairbanks, Alaska, the project coordinated regional
training events throughout Alaska through a contract with the State of
Alaska Division of Family and Youth Services. In 1993, AFPTC expanded
into three regional offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau to
provide localized services to the regions served by the now called State
of Alaska Office of Children’s Services. A fourth office was added in
Mat-Su in 2006. (Our Juneau Office closed in 2017.)The name was changed to the Alaska Center for Resource
Families to reflect a broader continuum of services to foster,
adoptive, guardianship, and kinship care families. While training
foster families has always remained at the heart of our services,
services broaden to include the Foster a Future program answering the
toll free number advertised by the state and adding pre- and post
adoptive services to support families continuing into adoption. The
PARKA Project based in Anchorage was added in 2010 to recruit, train,
and support families in adopting legally free children from the State of
ACRF is part of the Northwest Resource Associates family of programs which includes the Northwest Adoption Exchange and the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center. The Alaska Center for Resource Families is proud to serve the great state of Alaska and to contribute to the network of caring for children and youth in the foster care and adoption arenas.