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UPCOMING MEETINGS OF RFAB:
January 14, 2018 (Telephonic)
February 11, 2018 (Telephonic)
March 28 and 29, 2018. (Face to Face)
Initiatives for 2019:
The Resource Family Advisory Board (RFAB) is supported in collaboration with the State of Alaska Office of Children's Services and the Alaska Center for Resource Families.
Officers of the Resource Family Advisory Board
Co Chair: Brian Headdings
Co Chair: Yurii Miller
Administrative Assistance: Aileen McInnis, Debbie Laflamme, and Lissa Rylander
UPDATES FROM THE RESOURCE FAMILY ADVISORY BOARD:
Supporting Resource Families through Investigations
The Board has developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions about the Investigation Process to help foster parents understand and be aware of the process.
Resource Family Bill of Rights
In cooperation with the State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services, The Resource Family Advisory Board has helped establish the Resource Parent Bill of Rights. A copy was mailed out to all foster parents in Alaska and you can find the Bill of Rights along with a letter from Director Lawton here.
Rural Teleconference Trainings with Members of RFAB
Foster parents can earn 1.0 Hour for listening to each of the following teleconference trainings.
Setting Up Foster and Adoptive Family Networks Around Alaska With Sabrina Owsley , Interior Alaska Foster Care Group Setting Up A Facebook Page Instruction
The Alaska Resource Family Bill of Rights With Brian Headdings, Gwen Emel, and Aileen McInnis of the Resource Family Advisory Board
Starter Kit Project
The Starter Kit Project started as a way to assist foster parents with emergency placements. Starter kits that have been donated across Alaska include simple things like a pillow case, stuffed animal, book or journal, hair brush or comb, or a toothbrush and tooth paste. The Resource Family Advisory Board (RFAB) is supporting this project in all communities where there is an Office of Children’s Services placing children and youth into foster homes because of potential harm, abuse or neglect.
Does your service group want to help? Do you belong to a group who might want to assemble some starter kits to help kids during those first days? This will help you get started! Or contact a RFAB Advisory Board Member for more information. Starter Kit Flyer
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
Many resource parents have questions about the Indian Child Welfare Act and how it guides the Office of Children’s Services in their work when an American Indian or Alaska Native child is in care. You can learn more about ICWA by calling into the Let’s Talk ICWA! call in every month for resource families (first Thursday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m.) Check our Teleconference Training Calendar for information. Or go to our ICWA Resource Page to find lots of information and resource.
For more information about tribes in Alaska, OCS ICWA Coordinators, tribal partners, and upcoming training in ICWA, please to the OCS Indian Child Welfare page.
Board Member Documents and Minutes
Contact email@example.com with input, comments, questions, or offers to get involved.