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Adoption Learning Path
The Adoption Learning Path refers to the preparation path we suggest for families interested in adopting in the State of Alaska.
Core Training for Resource Families is the initial training for all licensed foster families in Alaska and is recommended for adoptive families as well. The class provides information about the child protective system, effects of abuse and neglect, separation and loss, positive parenting and discipline, working with birth families, cultural considerations and transitions. These classes are held regularly in Fairbanks, Wasilla, Anchorage and Kenai or may be taken on line. Core Training for Resource Family Web Based Course.
Adopting Through the Office of Children's Services provides the mechanics of adopting from the foster care system, and includes information on home studies, adoption subsidies, talking to a child about adoption, disclosure, and post- adoption supports and services. Offered regularly in our regional offices or can be taken on line. Adopting Through OCS Web Based Course.
Building Families Through Adoption digs deeper into the core issues of adoption including loss, thinking about birth parents, trans-cultural and trans-racial parenting, and attachment and bonding. Building Families is offered in our regional offices or may be taken on line. Building Families Through Adoption Web Based Course.
Your ACRF instructor can also help you build a simple Family Profile that will help OCS match you with a child or children.
Check the training calendar or contact your regional ACRF office to find out when these classes are being offered or contact your regional ACRF office to inquire about self study or web based versions that may be available.