Community in Unity: Fostering Our Future

A record number of kids are currently in Alaska’s Foster Care System. Caseworkers are overloaded. Families and kids are frustrated. But it’s not all bad news. Communities are around the state are developing solutions to both support families who are involved with the system and prevent kids from going into foster care in the first place.

Join Alaska Public Media for Community in Unity: Fostering our Future. It’s a public conversation with:

Christy Lawton, the Director of the Office of Children’s Services
Lola Stepetin, Director of Family Services with the Nome Eskimo Community
Sarah Redmon, Interim Director of Facing Foster Care Alaska
Laura Ingham, foster mother & former foster child

We recorded live at 7 p.m. on April 27 in the Alaska Public studios near the APU campus, and the program will broadcast on KSKA-FM and KAKM-TV on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

The event brought together community members with diverse experiences and questions. During the forum we highly encourage questions and comments from the audience. All community members were invited to participate in a conversation about making foster care successful and preventing kids from entering the system.

For more information, contact Anne Hillman at 550-8447 or

Anne Hillman is the healthy communities editor at Alaska Public Media and a host of Hometown, Alaska. Reach her at Read more about Anne here.

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