Family Services

Family Services provides a range of programs assisting individuals and families in rural communities. Financial support is provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Special initiatives include actions to address problems of domestic violence and child neglect.

    • Social Services Program offers referrals from department staff in Fairbanks to Village staff and clients requesting services.
    • Indian Child Welfare Act Program provides technical assistance and information to village councils and individual families involved in exercising their rights under ICWA.
    • Headstart Program provides preschool education services to about 140 children in eight villages.
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides financial help to 1,500 households each year to offset the costs of home heating in rural areas.
    • Child Care and Development Block Grant is a grant program intended to increase the availability and affordability of quality child care services.
    • Developmental Disabilities Program provides respite and support services for families of children and adults who have intellectual developmental disabilities.
    • Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation provides coordination of services for village adolescents and adults with disabilities.
    • Elder Nutrition provides village-based nutrition and social services to the region’s elders.
    • Emergency Food and Shelter provides nutrition and housing services for families in crisis.