InDHSS: Employee Newsletter




Meet the staff from Western Region

Currently, the Western Regional Office and its Field Offices are redefining cultural service delivery of child protection for our largely Alaska Native (Yupik/Cupik) communities along with our grantee organizations: Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) and Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC). Click here for full article

A new learning journey for new workers

“Standards, Knowledge and Insight Leading to Success” training — SKILS —is changing and it is new and improved! When OCS hires new workers, it is imperative they receive quality training. OCS works very closely with our training partner, UAA, to deliver quality training. SKILS is an integral part of the learning development of all new workers.
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The Alaska Foster Family Protection Act

On Sept. 9, 2012, The Alaska Foster Family Protection Act will take effect. This bill (SB 82), sponsored by Sen. Bettye Davis, establishes new legal and practice provisions for youth in the custody of the Office of Children’s Services. A companion bill, HB 33, was initiated and sponsored by Rep. Les Gara.
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Enhanced supports available for youth aging out of foster care

In an effort to provide integrated services and promote normal life experiences to youth aging out of foster care, the Office of Children’s Services has launched two new enhancements to the Independent Living Program. Click here for full article

OCS Employee Recruitment Video

The work done by OCS is important and the right person can really make a difference. That’s the message of a new OCS employee recruitment video that aims to educate jobseekers on the mission and work of OCS. View the video online at:


If you are working in or around any child welfare agency in the country right now, you’ve likely heard mention, in one degree or the other, the need for our practice and services to be more “trauma informed.”
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Sure we come to work every day. And we all work very hard. But for all of this hard work, is anyone really better off? How do we really know if we are making a difference?

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Q: How do I find out about specific OCS policies or educate myself on the process for issues?

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