Talk of Alaska: The crisis in Alaska’s foster care system

Children in crisis need immediate help to keep them safe and longer-term assistance to stabilize their lives, especially if they can’t return to their families. Alaska’s foster care system has long been challenged by a need for more case workers and foster families, but now the lack of social workers and willing caretakers has reached a crisis level. What’s being done to help vulnerable young people have a safe place to live? 

Listen:

HOST: Lori Townsend

GUESTS:

  • Amanda Metivier, Interim Director, Child Welfare Academy
  • Aileen McInnis, Director, Alaska Center for Resource Families
  • Laura Ingham, foster parent

LINKS & RESOURCES:

The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving more children in Alaska’s foster care system without a stable home

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022 at 10 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Adelyn Baxter is Alaska Public Media's program producer. Reach her at abaxter@alaskapublic.org.

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