Foster Youth

Q&A With Monica Aguilar

By Alternative Family Services / January 30, 2022
Q&A With Monica Aguilar

Monica Aguilar first became a foster youth as a teenager. Now, Monica works with current foster youth in Contra Costa County. We recently caught up with Monica, to chat a…

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How to Support the Education Needs of Transition Age Youth

By Alternative Family Services / June 15, 2021
TAY Youth Education

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…

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35 Foster Youth Homelessness Statistics You Should Know

By Alternative Family Services / May 25, 2021
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…

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How Foster Care Works From Start To Finish

By Alternative Family Services / May 20, 2021
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.…

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Q&A with a Former Foster Youth

By Alternative Family Services / May 10, 2019
Former foster youth

There are lots of stats out there about the state of foster youth in California, including on our own blog. But these numbers never tell the full picture.  We recently…

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Celebrating the Holidays with Foster Youth: Do’s and Don’ts

By Alternative Family Services / November 13, 2018
Celebrating the Holidays with Foster Youth: Do's and Don'ts

The end-of-year holiday season, which usually stretches from around Thanksgiving in late November to Christmas and New Year’s Day, is typically associated with cheer, family, food and joy. And while…

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