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OCS Pipeline - September 2013



InDHSS: Employee Newsletter


August 2010


The SERO Team, left to right: Jeannie Arledge, Sharon Fleming, Susie Kollar.


Meet the Southeast Management Team

The Southeast Regional Office team consists of Susie Kollar, Administrative Officer; Jeannie Arledge, Protective Services Manager I; and Sharon Fleming, Protective Services Manager II. We are a relatively new management team and are pleased to be working with such skilled and talented staff throughout Southeast Alaska.
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Anchorage Adoption Unit news: Reunification picnic

On Aug. 1, 2013, Anchorage hosted the 5th Annual Family Reunification Celebration Event. OCS does a great job each year of celebrating adoptions, but little in the way of celebrating the successes of families within our system. Click here for full article

Building resiliency: A protective factor

Have you ever noticed that some families experience the same turn of events as other families but react to them very differently? Have you watched co-workers hear identical news and respond in drastically different ways? Ever wondered how a friend made it through a really tough time and managed to go on with a positive attitude? Resiliency is a key factor. Resilience is the process of managing stress and functioning well even when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma. It is the ability to manage and bounce back when the going gets tough. Research has demonstrated that how we respond to a stressor is much more important than the stressor itself. Parents and children are more likely to achieve healthy, favorable outcomes if they are resilient. Click here for full article

‘Learn. Plan. Prevail’

Team work is mission-critical in our day-to-day work in the field of child protection — and even more vital when disaster strikes. The Northern Region, which is over 300,000 square miles, has experienced three natural disasters or severe weather events within the last year. Click here for full article

OCS program offers clothing discounts for foster youth

It is hard to believe that the start of a new school year has already begun in most communities across the state. I would like to take this opportunity to inform resource families, foster care providers, and community partners about the FosterWear program, which is a valuable resource to help foster youth obtain the clothing they need at discounted prices. Click here for full article

Childfirst Alaska class graduates

In collaboration with the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), Alaska recently graduated our second group of ChildFirst Alaska students. Click here for full article

Meet Miriha Scalf

5 questions for Miriha Scalf. Click here for full article

Continuous Quality Improvement ongoing

Many of you are familiar with the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) process where states were reviewed by the Children’s Bureau of the federal Administration on Children, Youth and Families. As part of the CFSR process, states are required to have ongoing quality assurance programs. Our most visible quality assurance process is the site reviews where the Evaluation Unit reviews case records. Click here for full article



The mission of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is to promote and protect the well-being of Alaskans. We seek to accomplish this by “Delivering the right care, to the right person, at the right time, for the right price.” Over the past year, led by Commissioner Bill Streur and Deputies Ree Sailors, Craig Christenson and Special Assistant Tara Horton, we have been paving the way to a more accountable and focused department with crystal clear priorities. Commissioner Streur has been steadfast in his commitment to have DHSS leading the pack in ensuring we can measure the outcomes toward which Alaska residents contribute, so we can ensure we are investing wisely and getting results.
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