Executive Order (here) suspends age requirements for foster care placement to allow 21-year-olds to choose not to age out. The suspension is retroactive to April 8, 2020, and remains in effect until 11:59 pm May 11, 2020, unless otherwise noted.
In a letter to Governor Dunleavy, FFCA requests a moratorium on youth aging out of foster care with the Office of Children’s Services until June 30th to insure the safety and stability of these young people during uncertain times
Benjamin Miller’s life was rocky but mostly on track. The 20-year-old University of Alaska Anchorage student is one of 3,144 Alaska youths in foster care.
Miller went to Washington for spring break. When he got back, the anthropology student said he scrambled to move out of his dorm in one day because of the coronavirus pandemic. The room held his every possession.
Alaska organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here.
Alaska Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association
Alaska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Alaska Children’s Alliance
Alaska Children’s Trust
Bristol Bay Native Association
Catholic Community Service, Inc.
CCS Early Learning
Fairbanks Youth Advocates
Kids Corps, Inc.
Mat-Su Health Foundation
Nine Star Education & Employment Services
Nine Star Enterprises
Onward & Upward
Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.
Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children
Stone Soup Group
The Carol H. Brice Family Center
Thrivalaska Head Start Birth to Five
Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence