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

Charts & Graphs

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Foster Care Housing Crisis

CliffsNotes on Family First Act by the Chronicle of Social Change

National Survey of Foster Home Policies and Regulations

CHAMPS video

Driving Better Outcomes for Children in Foster Care through Improved Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention

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CHAMPS is an exciting new policy campaign with dozens of partner organizations working together to highlight the vital importance of foster parents to the health and well-being of children in foster care. Check out what’s going on nationally and in the states.