Child Welfare and Foster Care

The Education Outcomes of California Foster Youth​

By Alternative Family Services / August 24, 2022
The Education Outcomes of California Foster Youth​

 Introduction There are over 50,000 foster youth in California, according to data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. And consistently, California foster youth lag behind their peers when it comes to key education outcomes like…

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Addressing Common Misconceptions About Foster Care

By Alternative Family Services / May 31, 2022
[Blog] Addressing Common Misconceptions About Foster Care

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about foster care that are widely held across the United States. To help break down the most prevalent foster care myths and misconceptions and provide…

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Meet The Resource Parent: Gwen Lloyd

By Alternative Family Services / May 20, 2022
Meet The Resource Parent: Ms. Gwen Lloyd

Here at AFS, we are lucky to work with some amazing Resource Parents. Today, we’re going to highlight one of them: Gwen Lloyd.  Ms. Gwen Lloyd has been a resource…

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Staff in Action: Brittany Ratiani

By Alternative Family Services / March 25, 2022

Brittany Ratiani, LMFT, is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. Brittany was recently promoted to the role of Clinical Supervisor for our Sonoma County Mental Health Program,…

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Foster Care and Taxes: What You Need to Know

By Alternative Family Services / March 19, 2022
Foster Care and Taxes: What You Need to Know

With the 2021 tax season filing deadline approaching, here are three things you should know about foster care and taxes.  Note: This article should not be construed as legal advice.…

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

By Alternative Family Services / September 11, 2021
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.

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…

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