InDHSS: Employee Newsletter


August 2010


Childfirst Alaska class graduates

In collaboration with the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), Alaska recently graduated our second group of ChildFirst Alaska students. Although the Alaska Children’s Alliance (ACA) is the lead organization on this project, it is a joint effort by the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Law, Office of Children’s Services, UAA Child Welfare Academy and Child Advocacy Center staff and Multidisciplinary Team members. This project is also generously supported by The Rasmuson Foundation, Alaskan Child Advocacy Centers (CACs), the Western Regional Child Advocacy Center and the National Children’s Alliance. Sixteen law enforcement from nine communities, eight Office of Children’s Services staff serving four different communities and five Child Advocacy Center staff from four areas were certified in this nationally recognized, best-practice model during this session.

Pictured are the Alaska faculty-in-training and ChildFirst Alaska coordinator happy at the end of a long week!

From left: Tisha Simmons, OCS Rural Supervisor for the Interior & Galena, Fairbanks; Pam Karalunas, ACA Child First Coordinator; Investigator Deven Cunningham, Anchorage Crimes Against Children’s Unit; Brittany Dunlop, Wasilla Assistant District Attorney; Lee Bruce, Alaska Bureau of Investigation Child Abuse Investigation Unit, Fairbanks; Milton Bohac, KANA Child & Family Services General Manager, Kodiak; Ginny Moring, OCS Initial Assessments Supervisor, Anchorage; Johana McMahan, Copper River Basin CAC, Forensic Interviewer; Jessica Lawmaster, Executive Director, Haven House, Kenai Peninsula; Lori Markkanen, Manager, RCPC Stevie’s Place CAC, Fairbanks.


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