UPCOMING MEETINGS OF RFAB:

 

 Noon to 1 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017

Noon to 1 p.m., Monday, August  14, 2017

 

 

 

UPDATES FROM THE RESOURCE FAMILY ADVISORY BOARD:

 

Resource Parent 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 is being mailed out to all foster parents in Alaska and you can find the Bill of Rights along with a letter from Director Lawton here.

Alaska Resource Family Bill of Rights

Letter from Director Christy Lawton

Upcoming Rural Teleconference Trainings with Members of the Resource Family Advisory Board

To join these teleconferences,  call 1-800-944-8766 and use Participant Code  #26867.  Foster parents can earn 1.0 Hour for participating in each teleconference Training.

Tuesday, July  18,  7-8 PM Setting Up Foster and Adoptive Family Networks Around Alaska, Sabrina Owsley, Gabi Flaten, Ginny Jackson, Amy Westfall and Amanda Nelson

Tuesday, August 15, 7-8 PM    The Alaska Resource Family Bill of Rights, Members of the Resource Family Advisory Board

Contact akresourcefamilyboard@yahoo.com with input, comments, questions, or offers to get involved.

 

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.

 

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

Wasilla bheaddings@outlook.com

Co Chair:  Yurii Miller

Fairbanks  Yurii.Miller@alaska.gov

Administrative Assistance: Aileen McInnis, Debbie Laflamme, and Lissa Rylander

Anchorage:amcinnis@nwresource.org

 

 

Join Us!

 

Initiatives for 2016 Year:

  1. Establish a Bill of Rights for Resource Parents in Alaska

  2. Continue Starter Kits Project to Assist Resource Families with Emergency Placements

  3. Seek Resource Parent Feedback and Share with OCS Management

  4. Make Recommendations Regarding Licensed Foster Home Investigations

  5. Promote Regional Support Networks Amongst Resource Parents 

   

 

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

 

March 29 and 30, 2017 Minutes from Face to Face Meeting

October 7- 8, 2016 Minutes from Face to Face Meeting

March 9-10, 2016 Minutes From Face to Face Meeting

RFAB By Laws 2015

RFAB Roles and Responsibilities

October 23 and 24 2015 Minutes from Face to Face Meeting

April 25 2015 Minutes from Face to Face Meeting

 

Contact akresourcefamilyboard@yahoo.com with input, comments, questions, or offers to get involved.

 

 





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