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Alaska State Information

In Alaska, approximately 11,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 5,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them. Alaska state law requires kinship care to be the primary option in child neglect and abuse cases.

The state offers various resources to Kinship Care families. The Alaska Center for Resource Families/Alaska Adoption Support Center is sponsored by the Office of Children’s Services and operates statewide to provide training, support, activities, and over the phone assistance for rural families. The Grandparents Family Network, which is sponsored by Volunteers of America, offers local support groups, counseling, resource guides, financial literacy programs, and summer and winter camps for children.

Alaska offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for relative care families.

By the Numbers
  • Approximately 11,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 5,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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