NEWS: Legislation to Improve Foster Care System and Implement Caseload Standards Passes the Alaska House of Representatives

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed comprehensive legislation sponsored by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) to improve Alaska’s foster care system. House Bill 151 establishes new training and workload standards for case workers in the Office of Children’s Services. Lower caseload levels are widely recognized to lead to better outcomes for children and families. HB 151 has broad support from children’s advocacy groups and adopts national best practice standards.

Read more

NEWS: Back to School Laptop Drive Aims to Increase Foster Youth Success

ANCHORAGE – Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA) are launching a “Back to School” laptop donation drive for foster youth. The Laptops for Foster Youth effort works to match gently used and new laptop computers with the over 2,500 foster youth in Alaska. To date, over 600 new and used laptop computers have been matched with foster youth since Rep. Gara and Amanda Metivier of Facing Foster Care in Alaska began this community effort.

Read more

Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Erin’s Law Signed into Law!

Last week something wonderful happened. After a long (2 years!), arduous journey that at times seemed doomed to fail, Governor Walker signed Erin’s Law on July 9th. It was absolutely one of the high points of my time serving as your Legislator, and I want to thank everyone again for standing with me in fighting to get this important law passed. The bill signing was held at the 125th anniversary of Alaska Youth and Family (formerly Alaska Children’s Services) and I can’t think of a more appropriate place. Alaska Youth and Family is a non-profit organization that provides services and runs a home for children who have experienced abuse. They do amazing work and if you don’t know about them I hope you’ll visit their website to learn more.

Read more

NEWS: Rep. Tarr to Celebrate Signing of Legislation to Implement Erin’s Law in Alaska

ANCHORAGE – Later today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker will sign the Alaska Safe Children’s Act during a ceremony as part of the 2015 Alaska Flag Day Celebration in Anchorage. HB 44 includes Erin’s Law, which requires school districts across the state to teach children how to recognize and report sexual abuse. Erin’s Law was championed in Alaska by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) who helped guide the law through multiple legislative sessions all the way to final passage on July 11, 2015.

Read more

Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Protecting Parents as Teachers

Throughout the recent lengthy series of special sessions, a major sticking point for the House Independent Democratic Coalition was to negotiate a compassionate deal which would cut the budget but would also prioritize children, poor seniors, and hardworking Alaskans over corporate welfare for wealthy multinational corporations.

Read more

NEWS: Time Running Out to Pass Erin’s Law to Address Alarming Rates of Child Sex Abuse

ANCHORAGE – Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) is calling on the leadership of the Senate to schedule Erin’s Law for a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee. This important legislation will give children and teens tools to protect themselves from dating and sexual violence. House Bill 44 is currently held up in the Senate Finance Committee and has not yet been scheduled for consideration.

Read more

NEWS: Last Day of Session – Still Time to Move Erin’s Law

JUNEAU – Today is day 90 of the first session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) continues to remain hopeful the Legislature will pass Erin’s Law and become the 22nd state in the nation to approve this effective tool to prevent child sexual abuse.

Read more

NEWS: Progress Made to Pass Erin’s Law to Protect the Most Vulnerable of Alaskans

JUNEAU – Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) offers thanks to the members of the House Education Committee for waiving House Bill 44 out of committee Friday, setting the stage for quick movement in the final days of the legislative session.  HB 44 is scheduled for a floor vote in the House today pending approval by the House Finance Committee.

Read more
Page 1 of 41234