A one-of-a-kind, statewide program providing resources and support for Alaskans caring for their family members' children.
VOA Alaska’s Kinship Care program provides additional family services for fulltime caregivers of grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews, or other extended family members. You do not have to be licensed or have legal custody to receive support.
Kinship Care Services
In addition to services we provide all VOA families, including youth early intervention, home-based family services, and individual and family therapy, the following services are offered to our Kinship families:
Our care coordinators work with caregivers to identify and provide services and/or treatment based on the family needs assessment to support the child(ren) and family.
Limited funds to help pay for food and necessities such as gas, household supplies, and clothing.
Assistance to families to locate and access short-term childcare services that offer temporary relief for kinship caregivers.
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You Are Not Alone
In Alaska, there are more than 16,000 children under the age of 18 being raised by relative caregivers.
You Have an Impact
Kinship care environments have fewer disruptions and overall better outcomes than non-family placements.
You Can Get Help
VOA Alaska’s Kinship Family Program provides support, resources, case management, respite care, and more.
Ashley Breaks the Cycle of Family Trauma with Kinship Care
Ashley was in and out of foster care growing up. So was her mother. So when Ashley and her husband Kyle saw the conditions that her cousin’s children were growing up in, they discussed what they would do if they ever received the call to care for them.
When that call came, they didn’t hesitate to bring the four children into their home.
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