PARKA (Preparation of Adoption Readiness for Kids in Alaska)


What is the PARKA Project?

PARKA stands for Preparation of Adoption Readiness for Kids in Alaska.  It is an adoption preparation, matching and support program.   PARKA serves ten families a year who are interested in providing a safe, caring and permanent family to a child who is legally free for adoption through the State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services.  The children matched through this program are usually older children with special needs who need a family willing to commit to patience, love and commitment.  There is no fee for this service and support is offered at all levels to help your family be successful and help your child thrive.

See our PARKA  Brochure for more information and our Core Values.

Where is PARKA Available?

PARKA is available in Anchorage and Mat-Su and families within driving distance of Anchorage.  It is housed in our Anchorage Regional ACRF Office. Children may be from all over Alaska including rural areas.


Is PARKA right for you?

Can you answer YES to the following questions?

  • Are you willing to make a commitment to a child to help him or her heal and thrive?

  • Are you open to adopting older children with special needs who are in the foster care system and are looking for a permanent, forever family? 

  • Are you willing to commit to participating in training and workshops to learn everything you can about special needs adoption?

  • Can you meet the licensing requirements to become a licensed foster home?

  • Do you live within the Anchorage/Mat Su area and willing to drive to classes in Anchorage?


I am interested and can answer yes to all those questions. What do I do now?

 Great! We are interested in talking with you!   Contact Brenda Ursel at (907) 279-1820 or toll free at (866) 478-7307 or email her at .

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