InDHSS: Employee Newsletter



This is the season of giving

By Yurii Miller, Foster Care Manager

During this time of year, as the holidays quickly approach, we are often drawn to fond memories of family traditions such as baking delicious foods; decorating our homes; gift giving; and celebrating with those who are dear to us. Many of us also take this time of year to give back to our community and reach out to those who are in need of extra support by volunteering our time, donating needed gifts and providing holiday treats.

Listed below are some ways you and your family can provide assistance to the children in care throughout Alaska during this holiday season.

Volunteer to assist with one of the Regional Resource Family Holiday events in your area. Items that are often needed for the holiday events include: wrapped gifts for children in care; food items; decorations; crafts; and assistance with the planning/preparation of activities. For more information on the Resource Family Holiday event in your community, please contact the Office of Children’s Services and ask to speak with the Regional Licensing Supervisor or contact the Alaska Center for Resource Families at 1-800-478-7307 or by email at .

If you are a local business vendor and would like to provide support to children in care, you may want to consider joining the FosterWear Program. This program was developed in 2009 by Representative Les Gara and Amanda Metivier, Facing Foster Care in Alaska, to provide seasonal clothing at a discounted rate for those children in the custody of the state of Alaska. Foster parents can choose from a variety of FosterWear vendors throughout the state to shop for foster youth clothing at a reduced rate. For more information about the FosterWear program please contact, Yurii Miller at 451-5075 or KariLee Pietz at 476-2145 or email or .

Happy holidays!


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