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A Brush with Hope: Jordan’s Journey from Foster Care to Creative Confidence

By Alternative Family Services / June 12, 2024
At Alternative Family Services (AFS), we believe every child deserves the chance to discover their passions, build confidence, and experience the joy of being a kid. Through our Foster Hope campaign, we are dedicated to raising funds to send foster youth to various camps this summer—whether it's sports, arts, science, or nature. The impact of these experiences can be life-changing.

At Alternative Family Services (AFS), we believe every child deserves the chance to discover their passions, build confidence, and experience the joy of being a kid. Through our Foster Hope…

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From Foster Care to Future Scientist: Emily’s Inspiring Journey

By Alternative Family Services / June 11, 2024
At Alternative Family Services (AFS), our mission extends to helping Transition Age Youth (TAY) navigate adulthood with confidence and hope. Through our Foster Hope campaign, we aim to raise funds to send foster youth to various summer camps, including those focused on sports, arts, science, and nature.

At Alternative Family Services (AFS), our mission extends to helping Transition Age Youth (TAY) navigate adulthood with confidence and hope. Through our Foster Hope campaign, we aim to raise funds…

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Kinship Placement vs Foster Care: Understanding the Differences and Benefits

By Alternative Family Services / May 19, 2024
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.

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…

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Staff in Action: Koryn Marshall

By Alternative Family Services / May 19, 2024
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.

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. What are your main…

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

By Alternative Family Services / May 13, 2024
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.

In late 2016, a young boy named Anthony J.* found a new beginning in Santa Rosa, California in his foster parents’ home, Laura Thompson* and Miguel Ruiz*. At just 11…

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Q&A on Enhanced Care Management at AFS

By Alternative Family Services / May 1, 2024
Q&A on Enhanced Care Management at AFS

In 2023, AFS rolled out a new program known as Enhanced Care Management (ECM). For a more detailed look at this new and innovative program, we recently sat down with…

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