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

Support Groups

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.

Palmer/Wasilla    

AGAPE is a faith-based network of foster and adoptive families who meet at Palmer Church of God on 2nd Thursday night monthly from 6:00-8:00 PM. For information contact Vickie at agapeak@att.net

LINKS Parent Support Group 2nd Monday each month, 6:00-7:00pm. At LINKS on Palmer-Wasilla Hwy in the Regan Building. This support group is for parents and foster parents caring for children with special needs.  Please contact Amber at LINKS @ 373-3635 for more information.

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 grands@voaak.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

Facebook Groups

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.

 

Alaska Regional Resources and Statewide Directories

Anchorage

Northern Region

Mat Su Valley

The Mat Su Valley Paper Navigator: FASD and Trauma Resources for Families Caring for Young Children

Juneau and Southeast

Southern Kenai Peninsula

Alaska Family Directory   Disability and School Resources from around the state

Alaska Behavioral Health Resource Guide

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.

 

 

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