Denali Family Services (DFS) was incorporated in May 1995 as Alternatives Child and Family Guidance Clinic. Representing the vision of the founding director, Faye Nieto, the agency operated as an outpatient psychological and psychiatric provider with a child protection visitation program. By 1996, the agency provided wrap-around services for the “severely emotionally disturbed” (SED).
In 1997, DFS became a child placement agency with the ability to recruit, license, train, and supervise foster homes and place children in those homes. In 2011, there was a name change, Alternatives was dropped and Denali Family Services is the official name of the agency.
As a behavioral health provider, DFS serves the most acute children with mental illness residing outside of psychiatric residential settings.
Denali Family Services is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
Denali Family Services is a member of the following:
- Alaska Behavioral Health Association
- Anchorage Regional Behavioral Health Coalition
- Foster Family-based Treatment Association
- Mat-Su Valley Behavioral Health Integration Team
- National Council for Community Behavioral Health
Michael and Karen Foster
2017 Audited Financial Statements