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
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AFS Impact Report

FY '22-'23

AFS FY'22-'23 Impact Report

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March 9, 2024

AFS Impact

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

A Word From AFS

We are thrilled to introduce the AFS Apprentice and Internship Program! Through this program, we aim to provide our apprentices and interns with comprehensive support, empowering them to excel personally and professionally. Our goal is to help them realize their full potential within our community and as integral members of the AFS team. 

About The New AFS Apprentice and Internship Program

We are thrilled to introduce the AFS Apprentice and Internship Program! Through this program, we…

Dear 10-year-old self, know that you are loved, valued, and incredibly strong. Our journey is a testament to the power of resilience, a reminder that dawn always breaks no matter how dark the night is.

Dear 10-Year-Old Self: Letter from A Former Foster Youth

Note: This “letter” was written by a former AFS foster youth, describing what they would…

Brielle's story is a beacon of hope and a reminder of the impact that a compassionate, personalized approach can have on those in the juvenile justice system. Her journey from struggle to success embodies what can be achieved when individuals are given the support, understanding, and opportunities they need to change their lives. As Brielle continues to progress, her story stands as a testament to the power of belief, support, and the enduring strength of the human spirit to overcome adversity.

A New Chapter: Brielle’s Journey from Struggle to Success

Brielle’s* story is a powerful testament to resilience, the transformative power of support, and the…