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.

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

Resource Homes Needed

Teens & Siblings

AFS is in 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:

(800) 300-1022
rfarecruitment@afs4kids.org
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AFS Impact Report

FY '22-'23

AFS FY'22-'23 Impact Report

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AFS Impact

Average Number of Youth Served Annually
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of Revenue Goes to Programs
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Positive Discharge Rate

A Word From AFS

At Alternative Family Services (AFS), we believe every child deserves the chance to discover their passions, build confidence, and experience the joy of being a kid. Through our Foster Hope campaign, we are dedicated to raising funds to send foster youth to various camps this summer—whether it's sports, arts, science, or nature. The impact of these experiences can be life-changing.

A Brush with Hope: Jordan’s Journey from Foster Care to Creative Confidence

At Alternative Family Services (AFS), we believe every child deserves the chance to discover their…

At Alternative Family Services (AFS), our mission extends to helping Transition Age Youth (TAY) navigate adulthood with confidence and hope. Through our Foster Hope campaign, we aim to raise funds to send foster youth to various summer camps, including those focused on sports, arts, science, and nature.

From Foster Care to Future Scientist: Emily’s Inspiring Journey

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Are you curious about the distinction between kinship placement and traditional foster care? Both play vital roles in the child welfare system but differ in several key aspects. Let's explore these differences and discuss why kinship care is increasingly seen as a beneficial option for children in need.

Kinship Placement vs Foster Care: Understanding the Differences and Benefits

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