"To see that we as individuals, and as a group, could make such a huge difference in the way someone thinks, and help shape the laws that we live by, was probably the greatest feeling in the world. FFCA has not only changed my life, but it has given me a purpose." -Becca Shier
Your donations send foster youth to leadership retreats, sponsor workshops for adults who work with foster youth, and provide laptops to foster youth. Here are some ways to help:
1. Click here to donate online or mail a check to: FFCA
P.O. Box 92644
Anchorage, AK 99509
Here's how your past donations have helped:
2016: Helped pass HB 27 and HB 200.
House Bill 200 was designed to correct and minimize recent legal barriers that were put in place for families interested in adopting Alaska Native children following the U.S Supreme Court Baby Girl Veronica decision and the Tununak litigation in the Alaska Supreme Court. House Bill 27, offers a number of strategies to improve the child welfare system and provide for expanded independent living opportunities for older youth transitioning to adulthood.
2012: The Alaska Foster Family Protection Act was signed into law. This new law offers youth supported improvements to our current foster care system:
2010: Victory for foster youth needing braces! Facing Foster Care successfully challenged a state regulation that says orthodontia for Medicaid youths should be limited to those who have severe conditions such as cleft palate, or "skeletal malformations" so bad that it would take both an orthodontist and an oral surgeon to fix them.
"This is an incredibly important issue," said Amanda Metivier, statewide coordinator of Facing Foster Care. "When you're in foster care, the state is your parent. As a parent, they have a responsibility to make sure your medical needs are cared for."
A Superior Court Judge ruled in November that the state must pay for orthodontia according to federal code that says the services offered must include, at minimum, "relief of pain and infections, restoration of teeth and maintenance of dental health."
FFCA has a successful record of advocating for changes that benefit youth in foster care.
2017-18: Legislative Priority: The Children Deserve a Loving Home Act to fix the most glaring problems in Alaska’s foster care system:
FFCA will continue to monitor bills introduced in the legislature to assess the impact on foster children and youth.
February 2016: FFCA is involved with current litigation brought by Alaska Legal Services which seeks to end the hospitalization of youth in foster without parental consent and court oversight. At this point, FFCA has not yet been granted party status due to the court's ruling that FFCA does not have standing. The case has been joined by the Disability Law Center, the ACLU, and the UW Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and Center for Indian Law and Policy. Native Village of Hooper Bay and Native Village of Kongiganak vs the Office of Children's Services and North Star Hospital, 3AN-05238 CI.
FFCA is a grassroots, volunteer-based organization. We'd love to have your help!
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
1. May 2017: The FFCA Board of Directors seeks 1-2 new members with fundraising experience. The members will help with fundraising planning, preparing proposals, accompanying youth to meetings with funders and assisting the Executive team with making requests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
2. March 2017: Our friends at Covenant House's Rights of Passage program need volunteers to help teach life skills classes. They are asking volunteers to take ownership of topics and create lesson plans/put together a list of materials to create a central resource guide that allows any given staff/volunteer to conduct life skills regardless if they are an 'expert'. Topics include:
To help out, contact Kyle at 907-339-4420
3. Ongoing: Fostering Futures Alaska seeks adult volunteer mentors! The program is a partnership between FFCA and Alaska CASA to pair older youth with a specially trained and equipped CASA volunteer who works in a mentoring capacity, in addition to the advocate role, to improve outcomes on such measures of well-being as educational attainment and delinquency prevention. Click here to learn more.