Alaska

State Coordinator

Department of Health and Social Services
Dee Pearson
Independent Living Coordinator
PO Box 110630
Juneau, AK 99811
Phone: (907) 465-8659
Fax: (907) 465-3416
Email: dee.pearson@alaska.gov

Agency Website

2012 Chafee Allocation

$588,801
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2012 ETV Allocation

$196,331
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Number of youth 16-21 (most current AFCARS data - 2009)

296
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State's Chafee Mission Statement

The mission of the Chafee Independent Living Program in Alaska is to assist youth and alumni of the foster care system in making a successful transition to adulthood.

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Who is eligible for Chafee services?

Independent living funds are available to youth currently in Office of Children's Services (OCS) foster care and former foster youth who were in OCS custody on or after their 16th birthday (and in out-of-home care for six consecutive months) and are not yet 21.

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What is the state's definition of room and board?

Housing assistance is available to eligible youth using the following guidelines: 100% of first month’s rent and housing deposit OR 100% of two month's rent. Additional month can be paid at 50% and one more month paid at 25%. Crisis Housing assistance is available one time only and not to exceed one month's rent. Total housing assistance cannot exceed $3,000.

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Maximum age that youth may remain in state funded foster care

20

No additional information is available.

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Under what conditions can a youth remain in state funded foster care beyond 18?

Youth may remain in care until age 19, without the consent of the youth, and age 20 with the youth’s consent; under both conditions it must be in the best interest of the youth.

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Does the state have an approved plan to extend Title IV-E (Federal foster care) beyond 18?

No

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Is the Extended Medicaid Option available for youth until 21?

No

In the State of Alaska, youth under the age of 19 who are no longer in care may apply for health coverage though the Medicaid program called “Denali Kid Care.”  After the age of 19 years old, they may apply for Medicaid under the age of 23. Also, Alaska native youth can receive free health care through the Native health care programs.

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Can youth in care get driver’s licenses?

Yes

Alaska's policy/procedures state that a child in custody may drive a car only with Children Services' Manager approval.

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Does the state offer tuition waivers for foster youth?

Yes

The University of Alaska, in partnership with the Office of Children's Services, provides five, full-tuition waivers per year to eligible foster youth and former foster youth.

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Does the state have a youth leadership program?

Yes

Facing Foster Care In Alaska (FFCA) - In October 2003, foster youth met to establish Alaska's Youth Advisory Board; they named their group "Facing Foster Care in Alaska" and their mission statement clearly illustrates the intent of this committed group. They are dedicated to improving the foster care system, encouraging others to be stronger, listening, giving advice, and helping to make dreams and goals come true. They are a voice for foster youth by providing advocacy, training, peer support, and input into the development of the state's foster care system and independent living services. Through communication, understanding, and teamwork they work toward providing better opportunities, a better life, making changes, and creating history among the people involved with organization. FFCA meets quarterly and includes current and alumni foster youth from across the state. Visit the Facing Foster Care in Alaska website for more information.

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Does the state have a foster care bill of rights or sibling bill of rights?

No

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