Kinship Family Program

A one-of-a-kind, statewide program providing resources and support for Alaskans caring for their family members' children.

VOA Alaska’s kinship care services are free and confidential for all families. The only requirement is raising a grandchild, younger sibling, niece, nephew, cousin, or any other extended family members under the age of 18. Caregivers do not have to be involved with foster care or have legal custody of the child. 

  • Kinship Connection Groups

    Monthly support groups for family members.

  • Educational Workshops

    Speakers and topics vary each month, and include legal resources, child welfare system, child development, mental health, and more.

  • Case Management

    Our Family Resource Specialist is here to help you.

  • Supplemental Financial Assistance

    Limited funds to help pay for necessities.

  • Activities and Events

    Activities every month and for all ages! Including book clubs, bingo nights, movie nights, respite care nights, paint nights, and more.

Kinship staff member standing behind a table of books
The Summer Family Book Fair was just one of the many FREE resources and activities the Kinship Team provides throughout the year.

There are not enough kind words for what this group has done for my family and myself.

Kinship Caregiver to three of her cousin’s children

For More Information

Email
kinshipak@voaak.org
Desiree Scott, Kinship Program Manager
 (907) 265-1905
Morgan Yaskus, Kinship Care Coordinator
 (907) 419-4537

Email
kinshipak@voaak.org

Desiree Scott
Kinship Program Manager
 (907) 265-1905

Morgan Yaskus
Kinship Care Coordinator
 (907) 419-4537

Abagail Owens
Kinship Care Coordinator
 (907) 419-4536

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.

Feature Story of Impact

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.

More Stories and News from the Kinship Family Program