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

Resource parent is now the preferred term in place of "foster parent."

Since 1978, the AFS mission is to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety, and well-being in communities through foster care, adoption, and mental health services.

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.

Caring Homes Needed for Teens and Siblings

Right now, AFS has an urgent need for caring, stable, and loving homes for teens and siblings throughout the Northern California counties we serve. 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

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A Word From AFS

What Are Grandfamilies?

Have you ever heard of the term “grandfamilies” but weren’t sure what the term actually…

Announcing The Upcoming Retirement of AFS Founder/CEO Dr. Jay Berlin

Over 50 years ago, Huckleberry House, San Francisco’s runaway shelter, found that many of their…

Family Homes for Youth: AFS’s New Juvenile Restorative Justice Program in San Francisco

AFS is honored to launch our new juvenile restorative justice program, Family Homes for Youth,…

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