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In Alaska, foster parents are required to have training as part of their licensing requirements. There is initial training called Core Training for Resource Families and there is the ongoing training requirements after the first year of licensing.
Yearly Foster Parent Requirements
According to Alaska foster care regulations, all licensed foster homes are required to have ongoing yearly training. One (1) parent homes are required to have at least 10 hours of training per license year. Two (2) parent foster homes are required to have 15 hours per license year shared between the two parents. Each foster parent is required to have at least 5 hours per year.
New foster and adoptive families are encouraged to attend on-site local Core Training for Resource Parents in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Mat-Su and Kenai/Soldotna. Foster families in other areas should complete either the Core Training Web Based Course or request the Core Training for Rsource Families self-study workbook. This course gives basic information about foster children, families and the child protective system.
Experienced foster parents may complete training through self-study or on-site training with the Alaska Center for Recourse Families or attend classes, workshops or conferences sponsored by other agencies. See our Alternative Training Information Sheet for more information about what is accepted for training hours.
The Alaska Center for Resource Families is set up to assist foster parents in recording their training. ACRF can track your training when you submit a copy of your certificate, a letter from the trainer, or fill out a Training Information Sheet. This will be entered into a database and made available to you or your licensing worker upon request.
Core Training for Resource Families
Core Training for Resource Parents helps you gain a better understanding of the child protection process, the special needs of children in foster care, and your role as a foster parent. It is also a great way to meet other foster parents and hear their ideas about fostering and adopting.
Core is regularly available in a classroom setting in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Mat- Su and occasionally in Bethel, Dillingham and Kenai/Soldtona. For families outside of these areas, ACRF has a web based version of Core as well as a self study Core workbook which is available in English. Yup'ik and Spanish.
Call 1-800-478-7307 for more information or talk to your OCS licensing worker for information.