ABFS has provided services to children/youth for over 60 years. Our mission was established at the first Alaska Baptist Convention in 1946 and involved collaboration between three established Southern Baptist Churches in Alaska. In response to Alaska’s diphtheria outbreak, which left many in the state without caregivers, the churches wanted to “Serve Children and Families in the Spirit of Christ” and the convention set out to establish an orphanage for clients in need.
Over the years, Alaska began to see a shift in the areas of need as there were no longer many true orphans. Therefore, in the 1970’s, ABFS redefined its focus and began providing therapeutic services to serve youth who had been abused and neglected to an extent that require their removal from their homes, or whose behaviors did not allow them to be successful in their home environment. Today, ABFS continues in it’s mission to “Serve Children and Families in the Spirit of Christ”.