Alaska Highlights

Landmark child welfare bill signed by Governor (June 2018)

Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed into law House Bill 151, “Children Deserve a Loving Home Act.” This landmark legislation will implement reforms to Alaska’s overburdened foster care system. The Governor was joined bill sponsor Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage), who grew up in foster care, and dozens of current and former foster youth, including several youth preparing to attend the University of Alaska in the fall.

Facts & Data

2,649 Children 0-17 in foster care
20% Youth who are not with a family (in group/institution)
16 Average length of stay for children in FC (months)
807 Number of children at risk for aging out
35% Youth with 1 placement
24% Youth with 2 placements
13% Youth with 3 placements
28% Youth with 4 or more placements

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