Core Training for Resource Families

Core Training for Resource Families is the beginning of your journey to become a licensed foster parent in Alaska. Core Training prepares you about what to expect from the system (the professional duties of a resource parent) and what to expect from the children (the day to day responsibilities of parenting traumatized children.) Core Training for Resource Families is offered in several ways. Check out the options below or Training Calendars to find out when Core is happening in your community.


Your regional ACRF office offers Core training in a classroom setting ranging from evening to weekend to daytime classes. This is a great way to get ready for fostering and meet other resource families in your area.

Web Based Core Training

ACRF has developed a web based course that takes resource parents through all the topics. The course is at your own pace but an instructor guides you through. In some areas, your licensing worker needs to approve completion of Core through this option if a class is available in your community.

Self Study Workbook

ACRF has developed a workbook that covers the basics of the Core Training and allows families without access to the classroom or web based training to complete the initial Core training

Rural Core Teleconference Training Series

If you live in areas outside of where Core is offered by classroom, we offer Core three times a year in a teleconference format. Contact your regional ACRF office for more information or go to our Teleconference Training Calendar.

Core Training for Relative Caregivers

ACRF has modified the Core Training to address the special needs of relative caregivers. This is available in both the self study version and in a classroom version. Contact your regional ACRF office for more information.