Founded in 1890 as the Jesse Lee Home in Unalaska, the home moved to Seward in 1925 and then Anchorage after the 1964 earthquake. In 1970, the Jesse Lee Home became Alaska Children's Services, and made the transition to treatment provider for children with severe emotional disturbances. In 2013 we changed our name to AK Child & Family. Today, we offer hope to troubled lives through a broad range of specialized psychiatric services.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
Each contribution received through Pick.Click.Give makes a difference in the life of a child and helps ensure that quality programming continues. AK Child & Family has a robust outcomes measurement program. This program helps us determine the effectiveness of treatment on the individual level as well as on a programmatic level. We recently concluded a review of outcomes spanning the period of fiscal years 2011 through 2016. We believe that the best way to show Pick.Click.Give. donors that AK Child & Family warrants their support is by sharing some of those outcomes.
At AK Child & Family we use the 240 item Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) to conduct ongoing assessments of how the young people we treat are functioning in eight domains of their lives: Home, School, Community, Behavior Towards Others, Moods/ Emotions, Self Harm, Substance Use and Thinking. This Assessment is administered before treatment starts, every 90 days during treatment, at discharge, 6 months following treatment, a year following treatment and eighteen months following treatment. This process lets us know that what we are doing is making a difference during treatment, and also gives us a good idea in general how well we did enhancing their lives after they leave us.
The latest numbers show a 72 point drop in severity on average from admission to discharge for the 231 young people we treated in our Residential program. When looking at the numbers of youth who ran away from home before coming to our program 83% no longer exhibited that behavior even 18 months after discharge and 90% of the young people we served over the past 5 years had no problems with school attendance 18 months post-discharge. There is more extensive information and details on our website and we encourage people who are interested how a gift to AK Child & Family makes a difference in the lives of the children we treat to take a look at www.akchild.org.
Here are a few quotes from parents of youth we treated last year:
“In general, they have helped him focus on his strengths and given him confidence.”
“Before when things got out of control, we felt there was no place to go except the police or emergency room, and to get to THAT point, things were too far gone. Now we have a network we know is there for our child that can engage PRIOR to things getting out of hand.”
“He seems to be building more confidence in himself. Glad he has been able to start talking about his feelings.”