Become an AFS Foster Parent

AFS seeks individuals and families who can offer warmth and understanding to foster children by becoming foster parents. AFS foster parents are chosen based upon their ability to demonstrate patience, guidance, motivation, tolerance, understanding, flexibility and commitment. AFS foster parents have excellent 24/7 support, compensation, training and agency accountability.

AFS operates three foster care models designed to be solution-focused, strength-based, needs-driven, community-centered and culturally competent.

Do you meet the initial AFS foster parent qualifications?

Live in one of these counties:

  • Alameda
  • Sacramento
  • Santa Clara
  • Contra Costa
  • San Francisco
  • Solano
  • Marin
  • San Mateo
  • Sonoma
  • Have a stable source of income sufficient to meet your family's needs
  • Ability to provide approved adult supervision for a foster child whenever he or she is in your home
  • Have a bedroom for a foster child (individual or shared with a child of same gender and similar in age)
Contact the AFS Foster
Parent Recruiter

Thanks for considering AFS! As the AFS Foster Home Recruiter I am here to answer all of your questions, and to make the process of becoming a foster parent enjoyable and fulfilling. Feel free to call me on my direct line at (510) 282-8354 or email me at twhittington@afs4kids.org

-Thomas Whittington

Si necesita hablar con alguien en español, favor de llamar a mi compañera, Silvia Mendoza, al (800) 300-1022

In the video below, learn how these foster parents feel about what they do.

Alternative Family Services is grateful to our friends and colleagues at Family Care Network, Inc. of San Luis Obispo, CA, for sharing this. It echoes precisely what our AFS Foster Parents repeatedly tell us.