What Are Grandfamilies?

What Are Grandfamilies?

By Alternative Family Services | October 15, 2021 | Comments Off on What Are Grandfamilies?

Have you ever heard of the term “grandfamilies” but weren’t sure what the term actually meant? We’re here to help! In this blog post, we’ll define the term and highlight the role grandparents and other…

Dr. Jay Berlin Today

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

By Alternative Family Services | September 25, 2021 | Comments Off on 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 teenage clients were running from abusive relationships. A lack of healthy living alternatives for these youth convinced Huckleberry House that…

AFS is honored to launch our new juvenile restorative justice program, Family Homes for Youth, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco.

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

By Alternative Family Services | September 11, 2021 | Comments Off on 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, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco. For eligible youth entering justice system, the Family Homes for…

AFS Connections July 2021

Connections Newsletter, July 2021

By Alternative Family Services | July 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Connections Newsletter, July 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 | Comments Off on Staff in Action: Alexis Salazar

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 | Comments Off on How to Become a Resource Parent in California

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 | Comments Off on What Makes the AFS San Francisco Emergency Placement Program Unique?

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…

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