Alaska Family Services was established in 1979 as a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter to provide a safe haven for women and children. Since then, our agency has grown from that single program to one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Mat-Su Borough, offering nearly two dozen programs designed to meet the needs of our ever growing Valley population.

Our women’s shelter remains one of our core programs and is the only nationally accredited domestic violence/sexual assault shelter in Alaska. But what began as an agency for women and children has grown into an agency for families. Today, Alaska Family Services offers a comprehensive array of services designed to help people overcome a host of challenges, from substance abuse disorders and emotional disturbances, to accessing healthy food and affordable, quality child care.

Our Services

We provide services to families through intervention, referral, collaboration and education. All our programs utilize the Care Coordination Model, a “no wrong door” approach that functions through an elaborate system of screenings and referrals to insure clients receive timely and appropriate service.

Alcohol Safety Action Program

ASAP provides substance abuse screening, case management and accountability for DWI, DUI and other alcohol and drug-related misdemeanors. This involves screening cases referred from the district court and monitoring them throughout education and/or treatment requirements.

For more information, call 746-6260.

Behavioral Health Treatment Center

The Behavioral Health Treatment Center provides integrated behavioral health services, including psychiatric assessments, substance abuse counseling and individual, group and family counseling.

For more information, call 376-4000.

Child Care Assistance

The Child Care Assistance program is designed to help income-eligible families with the cost of child care while they are working and/or attending approved training or educational courses. It administers funding for childcare subsidies and facilitates the approval process for childcare providers. Visit for help finding a child care provider or for information about provider training.

For more information, call 373-4450 or 1-800-746-4080 in the Central service delivery area, or 644-5000 in the Municipality of Anchorage service delivery area, or visit

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program provides an emergency shelter for women and their children escaping abusive situations. This 32-bed facility is the only nationally accredited shelter of its kind in Alaska. The DVSA program also offers services designed to help women heal and get their lives back on track, as well as outreach and advocacy aimed at preventing violence before it starts.

Families First Work Services

Families First Work Services serves Alaska Temporary Assistance clients who are working with agencies other than ATAP Case Management or can’t accept fulltime employment right away. The program focus is on increasing the self-sufficiency of families through supporting health, safety and wellness along with partner agencies and family efforts. Interagency Family Support Teams, which include clients as primary members, develop realistic plans for self-sufficiency.

For more information, call 352-2601.

Family Support and Preservation

The Family Support and Preservation program offers parenting workshops, one-on-one guidance and in-home services designed to improve parenting skills and keep children safe. It also provides supervised visitations, in conjunction with the Office of Children’s Services.

Family Violence Intervention

The Family Violence Intervention program is a court-approved, state certified domestic violence intervention program for adult men and women. It offers counseling and anger management for adults, teens and children.

Tobacco Prevention & Control

This program provides community education about the dangers of tobacco use and secondhand smoke and promotes cessation through Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line. It works in partnership with the Mat-Su Borough School District K-12 Tobacco Prevention and Control program and Breathe Free Mat-Su, a community coalition dedicated to eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.

For more information, call 746-6131.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well, learn about good nutrition and stay healthy. It provides monthly vouchers for healthy foods, nutrition counseling, health screenings and referrals, and breastfeeding support. Services are based on income eligibility.