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.
For More Information
Desiree Scott, Kinship Program Manager
Morgan Yaskus, Kinship Care Coordinator
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.