Resource Family Advisory Board


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.

RFAB Membership Roster

Email: akresourcefamilyboard@yahoo.com

Find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ResourceFamilyAdvisoryBoard


LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS!

The Resource Family Advisory Board is recruiting for starting the New Year by recruiting for new members in all regions. The Board commitment is a web based meeting once a month and a face to face meeting once or twice a year. RFAB members are asked to represent the families in their area of the state and be willing to work with the Office of Children Services (OCS) and the Alaska Center for Resource Families to actively pursue ways to improve communication between OCS and Alaska resource families.

Email Co-Chair Brian Headdings at akresourcefamilyboard@yahoo.com for more information.

Resource Family Advisory Board Application


Current Initiatives:

  1. Establish and Promote Awareness of a Bill of Rights for Resource Parents in Alaska
  2. Seek Resource Parent Feedback and Share with OCS Management
  3. Make Recommendations Regarding Licensed Foster Home Investigations
  4. Promote Regional Support Networks Among Resource Parents
  5. Encourage a System of Recognition and Appreciation for Experienced Foster Parents.

VISION: The vision of the Resource Family Advisory Board is to strengthen and improve support for resource families and the State of Alaska Office of Children's Services (OCS) as we partner to care for Alaska's Children.

MISSION: Our mission is to provide education, understanding and guidance to resource families and OCS for the benefit of all through open and continuing communication with OCS workers and administration to create a better environment for all children.


Upcoming Meetings:

January 11, 2021 Noon to 1 p.m.

February 8, 2021. Noon to 1 p.m


Happenings:

Understanding the OCS Grievance Process

Here is more information about when, why and how to file a grievance with OCS.

PowerPoint by Community Relations Manager Chrissy Vogeley

Grievance Form

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.

FAQs About the Investigations of Complaints and Allegations Against Foster Homes

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.

DOCUMENT Alaska Resource Family Bill of Rights

WEBINAR By the Alaska Child Welfare Academy Supporting and Communicating with Resource Families This webinar addresses supporting resource families and uses the Resource Family Bill of Rights to present.

Audio Training with Members of RFAB

Setting Up Foster and Adoptive Family Networks Around Alaska With Sabrina Owsley, Interior Alaska Foster Care Group, Handout: Setting Up A Facebook Page Instruction (Click on Audio Below for Training)

The Alaska Resource Family Bill of Rights With Brian Headdings, Gwen Emel, and Aileen McInnis of the Resource Family Advisory Board (Click on Audio Below for Training)



Board Member Documents and Minutes

RFAB Minutes from October 2019 Face to Face

Resource Family Advisory Board Members February 2020

RFAB By Laws

RFAB Roles and Responsibilities