Our Story


At the Alaska Center for Resource Families, our mission is to provide support and training to all of Alaska’s resource families (foster, adoptive, relative caretakers and guardianship families) in order to strengthen them and enhance current skills, while developing new ones. We are dedicated to working in collaborative relationships with OCS, Tribes, and others involved in the foster care and adoptive systems.

The Alaska Center for Resource Families seeks to support, encourage, and assist individuals who wish to become foster parents or to adopt through the foster care system.  Our program welcomes all prospective parents regardless of race, age, sex, marital status, religious beliefs, physical disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

 

Our Vision

Our vision is that all resource families in Alaska have the information, training, support and skills to provide quality care to the children in their homes. The Alaska Center For Resource Families (ACRF) provides a continuum of services to Alaska foster parents, adoptive parents, relative caretakers and guardians.

ACRF has offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Mat-Su and Juneau. Through onsite, distance education and teleconference training, we provide the training necessary to become foster parents or to meet on-going training requirements for maintaining a foster care license. 

Pre- and post adoption and guardianship support services are available regardless of whether you adopted through the foster care system, internationally, tribally or privately. Services include an extensive resource library, adoption preparation training, case management, education through self-study courses or on-site and telephonic trainings, support, referrals and crisis management.

Our services are offered free-of-charge.  Contact the ACRF office in your area for more information.

 

How We Came About

The Alaska Center for Resource Families began in 1988 as a project of Northwest Resource Associates called the Alaska Foster Parent Training Center. Based in Fairbanks, Alaska, the project coordinated regional training events throughout Alaska through a contract with the State of Alaska Division of Family and Youth Services.  In 1993,  AFPTC expanded into three regional offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau  to provide localized services to the regions served by the now called State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services.   A fourth office was added in Mat-Su in 2006.  The name was changed to the Alaska Center for Resource Families  to reflect a broader continuum of services to foster, adoptive, guardianship, and kinship care families.  While training foster families has always remained at the heart of our services, services broaden to include the Foster a Future program answering the toll free number advertised by the state and adding pre- and post adoptive services to support families continuing into adoption. The PARKA Project based in Anchorage was added in 2010 to recruit, train, and support families in adopting legally free children from the State of Alaska.

ACRF is part of the Northwest Resource Associates family of programs which includes the Northwest Adoption Exchange and the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center. The Alaska Center for Resource Families is proud to serve the great state of Alaska and to contribute to the network of caring for children and youth in the foster care and adoption arenas.

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