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 '21-'22

AFS FY'21-'22 Impact Report

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AFS Impact

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

A Word From AFS

Interview with Bree Marchman about Marin County's UBI program for foster youth

Understanding Marin County’s Universal Basic Income Pilot Program to Help Foster Youth

Marin County recently began rolling out a guaranteed income pilot program to further support current…

The Grow and Flourish program at The Gathering Place is an essential part of parents' growth to become healthier people and to parent in a healthy manner.

The Gathering Place’s Grow and Flourish Program

The Grow and Flourish program at The Gathering Place is an essential part of parents’…

Impact Story: Marisol and Michael

Impact Story: Marisol

Marisol*, a mother utilizing services at The Gathering Place, had been missing her visits with…