AFS Connections July 2021

Connections Newsletter, July 2021

By Alternative Family Services | July 7, 2021 |

The July 2021 issue of the AFS quarterly newsletter, Connections, includes information about you can support the education needs of youth in care via our Foster Learning Campaign. Also, new impact stories, spotlights on staff…

Staff in Action: Alexis Salazar

Staff in Action: Alexis Salazar

By Alternative Family Services | July 6, 2021 |

Alexis Salazar, MS, LMFT, is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. Alexis is the East Bay Mental Health Program Director here at AFS. Get To Know Alexis What are your main responsibilities…

How to Become a Resource Parent in California: The 5 Key Steps To Becoming a Foster or Fost-Adopt Parent in California​

How to Become a Resource Parent in California

By Alternative Family Services | July 2, 2021 |

The 5 Key Steps To Becoming a Foster or Fost-Adopt Parent in California​ Steps on How to Become a Resource Parent in California How to Become a Resource Parent in California – Spanish Language Edition…

About AFS SF Emergency Placement Program

What Makes the AFS San Francisco Emergency Placement Program Unique?

By Alternative Family Services | June 29, 2021 |

AFS partners with the City and County of San Francisco to run their Emergency Placement Program (EPP) that provides 24/7 on-call emergency care to San Francisco County children and teens 18 years old and younger. The EPP…

TAY Youth Education

How to Support the Education Needs of Transition Age Youth

By Alternative Family Services | June 15, 2021 | Comments Off on How to Support the Education Needs of Transition Age Youth

As compared to other young adults, transition age youth (TAY) who have or will soon emancipate from foster care face enormous challenges, including how to pursue their educational needs.   Many TAY face significant headwinds when…

Foster Youth Homelessness Statistics You Should Know

35 Foster Youth Homelessness Statistics You Should Know

By Alternative Family Services | May 25, 2021 | Comments Off on 35 Foster Youth Homelessness Statistics You Should Know

Here are some key foster youth homelessness statistics that reflects upon youth in foster care who experience homelessness.  National Foster Youth Homelessness Statistics  1. In the first four years after aging out of foster care,…

Impact Story: Benji's Adoption Story

Impact Story: Benji’s Adoption Story

By Alternative Family Services | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Impact Story: Benji’s Adoption Story

Benji* was placed in Louis* and Melanie* Merino’s home when he was five months old due to neglect. Over the course of a year and a half, Louis and Melanie bonded with Benji and loved…

Impact Story: Jack

Impact Story: Jack

By Alternative Family Services | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Impact Story: Jack

A cornerstone of all AFS programs is support. Jack* is a twelve-year-old youth in foster care with severe autism and OCD, and he has been living with the Claxton* Family for three years. This past…

How Foster Care Works from Start to Finish

How Foster Care Works From Start To Finish

By Alternative Family Services | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off on How Foster Care Works From Start To Finish

Here is an overview of how the foster care process works here in California, highlighting the main steps of foster care from removal to reunification, adoption, long-term care or emancipation. How Foster Care Works From…

Top reasons to apply for foster care mental health jobs in California

Top Reasons to Apply for Foster Care Mental Health Jobs in California

By Alternative Family Services | April 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Top Reasons to Apply for Foster Care Mental Health Jobs in California

Interested in mental health jobs in California, like in the Bay Area or the greater Sacramento region? If so, then consider applying for foster care mental health jobs in particular. For many reasons, this line…

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