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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FOSTER HOPE

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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

Gloria Gutierrez, MA, Program Director - Sacramento/San Joaquin, is one of our fantastic staff members. In this interview, we’ll get to know Gloria and her work at AFS.

Staff in Action: Gloria Gutierrez

Gloria Gutierrez, MA, Program Director – Sacramento/San Joaquin, is one of our fantastic staff members.…

Thank you for believing in our mission and for your continued support. Your generosity is changing lives, one dream at a time.

Impact Story: Twins’ Summer of Dreams at Basketball Camp

Alternative Family Services (AFS) is dedicated to creating brighter futures for foster youth through our…

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…