Useful Links to Foster and Adoptive Care Resources


Adolescents, Teens, Transitioning from Foster Care

Adoption Resources

Foster Care Related Links

Education

Gay, Lesbian and Non Traditional Resource Families

General Alaska Information

Infant and Early Childhood Development and Mental Health

Legal Resources Information

Mental Health

Military Families

Parenting Traumatized Children

Special Needs and Disabilities

Trauma and ACEs

Understanding the Child Protective System

 

Adolescents, Teens, Transitioning From Foster Care

 

Adoption Resources

  • AdoptUSKids This collaborative project of the Children's Bureau, is a national adoption web site which links waiting children to families and is filled with all sorts of useful information.
  • Adoption Learning Partners On-line, educational courses regarding adoption issues.
  • World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP) A US non-profit adoption agency focusing primarily on international adoptions.
  • Children Awaiting Parents CAP is a national photo listing of America’s waiting children —those who have languished longest in the foster care system after being declared legally free for adoption.
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children Offers multiple services, information and resources all related to adoption. Also has good resources regarding adoption subsidies.
  • Northwest Adoption Exchange For over thirty years, the Northwest Adoption Exchange (NWAE) has helped thousands of children find adoptive homes. Their photo and profile galleries showcase the personal stories of foster children in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.
  • TheAdoptionGuide.com Information about adoptions. A step by step web site and guide book available.
  • Alaska Adoption Exchange  The Office of Children's Services sponsors a photo exchange of children in the foster care system who need adoptive homes.
  • Dave Thomas Foundation  The Dave Thomas Foundation promotes adoption from the foster care system.   DTF posts a great listing of Adoption Resources on its web page.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway/Adoption   A resource from the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides information regarding adoption issues.
  • National Resource Center for Adoption offers information, resources, web-links, current news, and chat rooms.

 

Foster Care Related Links

 

Education

 

Gay, Lesbian and Non Traditional Adoptive and Foster Families

 

General Alaska Information

 

Infant and Early Childhood Development and Mental Health

  • Fostering Preschool Age Children  An article from the Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center in Wisconsin giving good guidelines for fostering the youngest children.
  • Helping Infants and Toddlers Through Transitions in Foster Care   A good article on what young children need as they make the transitions into and through foster care.
  • Parenting Infants and Young Children Child Welfare Information Gateway  Listing a helpful articles focused on the early years.
  • PBS Parents   A site filled with short, easy to read articles and video clips on parenting.
  • TACSEI (Techinical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention)  The TACSEI Families pages has good information for families caring for young children who might be struggling.
  • Zero to Three a great website filled with good information about mental health, physical development and family care for families raising infants and young children.
  • Zero to Three Podcast Series  Twelve short podcasts addressing the biggest concerns and developmental steps in those early years.

 

Legal Information Resources

  • Self Help Center: Family Law    The Alaska Court System has set up a page of legal documents and instructions on different topics, including one on Family Law (custody, guardianship, adoption, powers of attorney, grandparents and visitation.
  • Disability Law Center of Alaska  Focuses on law related to disability, special education, and access issues.
  • AlaskaLawHelp  Lists information to help understand issues related to Family Matters such as guardianship, custody, divorce and dissolution, grandparents rights to visitation, and emancipation.
  • Adoption Attorneys List    The Alaska Center for Resource Families keeps a list of the Alaskan attorneys who can assist with adoption finalizations.  Contact us by email ( acrf@nwresource.org ) to receive the list.
  • The Alaska Youth Law Guide  (A Handbook for Teens and Young Adults)    This website is hosted by the Alaska Bar Association and is filled with information about Alaskan law and how it affects young people.

 

Mental Health

 

Military Families

 

Parenting Traumatized Children

 

Special Needs and Disabilities

 

Trauma Informed Care and ACES Material (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

 

Understanding the Child Protective System

  • State of Alaska Office of Children's Services Provides details on state-provided children's services, including details on foster and adoption programs.
  • State of Alaska Office of Children's Services-Statistical The Office of Children’s Services (OCS) collects data on children and families referred for child protective services and on providers for out-of-home placements.
  • Alaska CASA Program   CASAs or Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers who serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in court.  Alaska CASA is the association providing training and leadership to CASAs throughout the state.
  • CEBC   California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare    Listing of evidence based programs in child welfare.
  • The Alaska Child Welfare Academy  trains OCS social workers in a Family Services Assessment model when working with birth families and helping them move toward chance.    They have posted several excellent documents used in their training that are also useful for resource parents and community member to learn more about this way of working with families.
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