Training requirements

All licensed foster homes in Alaska are required to have training each year.

As of July 1, 2022, the State of Alaska has implemented the use of Individualized Training Plans (ITP). An ITP requires specific training related to the needs of a child in your care. If you are a current foster parent, your ITP will begin when you renew your license. If you are a new foster parent, you will start out with an ITP.

Yearly foster parent requirements

When you are issued a foster license, the licensing worker will discuss what training is needed to meet the needs of the child or children in your home. These needs will be determined through a conversation between you, the caseworker, and the licensing worker. Then, an Individualized Training Plan (ITP) will be developed specific for your family. Training should be completed before the end of that licensing year in order to comply with licensing requirements.

For the first year of licensure, you will be asked to complete Core Training for Resource Families or Core Training for Relative Caregivers. This will be specified in your ITP. Each following year of licensure a new ITP will be developed based on the children in your care and your previous experience and training. The ITP is a specific form that is used to plan, document, and track the completion of training.

We are here to assist you in recording the training completed for your ITP. If you complete our training offerings, your training credits will be automatically entered into your record. For training completed outside of ACRF, you will need to complete an ITP universal questionnaire and submit documentation. If your training is accepted, it will be entered into a database and made available to you or your licensing worker upon request.