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Supports for Resource Families
NEED INFO? NEED TO TALK? You can call your local ACRF office for information, support and ideas. Call 1-800-478-7307 Toll Free or click HERE to find out how to contact your local ACRF Office.
Foster Wear Foster Wear is a program of participating Alaska businesses who offer a discount on clothing to licensed foster families and unlicensed kinship families to assist in providing quality clothing to children and youth in care.
Resource Family Advisory Board consists of resource family, community partners and staff from the State of Alaska Office of Children's Services and provides a forum of communication between Alaska's resource families and OCS.
Financial Guide for Newly Licensed Foster Parents This guide outlines the financial supports and procedures for new foster parents, but is a good reminder for experienced resource families as well! Covers clothing vouchers, child care support, Medicaid, the foster care payment, and request for special funds.
Keeping in Touch This handout offers practical strategies for more effective communication with your child’s caseworker.
IFoster Through joining iFoster, resource parents and youth gain access to discounts and resources. Membership is free.
Fostering Families Today Produces a bimonthly magazine filled with good information about fostering and adopting issues
Beacon Hill A faith based organization in Anchorage and the Mat Su that serves Alaska’s children in foster care and children at risk of going into foster care. Provide supervised visitation, ongoing support of families, Safe Families for Children and coming soon, the Heart Gallery for recruitment of adoptive families.
Support Groups and Networks in Alaska
Also check out the ACRF Training Calendars for Listing of Other Events
North Pole/Fairbanks Foster Family Get together (support/informational group) meets 2nd Sunday of each month at 1PM at the North Pole Pizza Hut. RSVP to Sabrina at Sabrina@owsleys.net to make sure time and place hasn’t changed. (Note: October meeting will be held October 16.)
Anchorage “Let’s Talk” Foster and Adoptive Parent Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month September through May at ChangePoint Church and led by to adoptive parents, Call ACRF at 279-1799 to register or for more information and to find out information about reserving child care 48 hours in advance.
The Mom2Mom, Dad2Dad Parent Support group Meets the 1st Mon of every month at 10:30am to 12:00 noon at the Alaska Attachment & Bonding Associates office. (907-376-0366) For adoptive, foster, kinship care, guardianship, and grandparents who care for children with Attachment Disorder.
Grandparent Support Groups in Alaska David Carey is the Volunteers of America contact person for Alaska Grandfamilies Project (907-279-9634 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.voaak.org.) The Grandfamilies Network has regular support groups and activities for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, including grandparents providing foster care to a grand child. Support Groups meet in
Anchorage: Contact David Carey at 522- 9866
Mat Su: Contact Rozann Kimpton at (907) 376-7322
Homer: Contact Carol Coleman at (907) 253-1003
Juneau: Contact Rhodine Arnold at (907) 209-0516
Alaska Adoptive and Foster Moms is a closed group open to families in Alaska.
Interior Alaska Foster Care Families is a great resource for support from both foster and adoptive families in the Interior of Alaska, though they are open to families from around the state.
Southeast Alaska Foster Care Families Another regional group focusing on supporting foster families in the Southeast panhandle of Alaska. This is also a closed group open only to foster families, former foster families, or families in the process of being licensed.
Alaska Regional Resources and Statewide Directories
Alaska Family Directory Disability and School Resources from around the state
Alaska 211 211 is a statewide telephone and webbased system that connects people with needed human services through an easy to remember number. Information is also available online at www.alaska211.org. Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm to or visit our website 24/7 when you need help finding help. It's free and confidential.