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 Golf Tournament

May 16, 2024

FOSTER HOPE

Foster Care Awareness Month

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

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

Are you curious about the distinction between kinship placement and traditional foster care? Both play…

Regional Director Koryn Marshall, LMFT ED.D is one of our fantastic staff members. In this interview, we’ll get to know Koryn and her work at AFS.

Staff in Action: Koryn Marshall

Regional Director Koryn Marshall, LMFT ED.D is one of our fantastic staff members. In this…

This story is a testament to how donations and community support can directly change a life. For many youth, every contribution to AFS has the potential to turn challenges into triumphs.

The Journey of Anthony J: A Story of Transformation and Hope

In late 2016, a young boy named Anthony J.* found a new beginning in Santa…