Alternative Family Services provides thoughtful, informed foster care, adoption, and mental health services throughout Northern California.

Since 1978, the AFS mission is to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety, and well-being in communities.

AFS follows CDC recommendations and works closely with its county partners on ensuring a safe, equitable, and compassionate workplace for its youth, families, and staff.

Note: The foster care industry has replaced the terms "foster parent" and "foster family" with "resource parent" and "resource family."


Raising funds to support

EQUITABLE EDUCATION for foster youth.

Homes Needed for Teens and Siblings

AFS has an urgent need for caring, stable, and loving homes for teens and siblings. If you or someone you know can help a teen or sibling group please inquire online or contact us at:

(800) 300-1022
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AFS Impact

Average Number of Youth Served Annually
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A Word From AFS

Addressing Common Misconceptions About Foster Care

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about foster care that are widely held across the United…

Meet The Resource Parent: Gwen Lloyd

Here at AFS, we are lucky to work with some amazing Resource Parents. Today, we’re…

Staff in Action: Patty Cala

Patty Cala, MSW is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. Patty serves…

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