Letters to the Editor

Letter: Foster care resources

I am a social work student at the University of Alaska, and as I have been learning so much about the community, one of the biggest issues I have seen is our foster care system here in Anchorage. The current state of the foster care system in Anchorage is full of issues that need attention. There are countless reports of overcrowded facilities, lack of resources, and insufficient support for foster families. Children in foster care are left without stable placements or access to essential services far too often, and it is putting their well-being and their futures at risk.

Every child deserves a safe and nurturing environment to live in and be a child. It is time for us to come together as a community to not only advocate for change but to be the change. I hear so many people talk about how bad the foster care system is and how sad it is to see all these children without stable homes, but only a few are willing to open up their homes for these children. All I ask is that you consider opening your doors for one child if you are willing and able to do so.

— Lillian Carstens


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