Impact Stories

Impact Story: Twins’ Summer of Dreams at Basketball Camp

By Alternative Family Services / June 27, 2024
Thank you for believing in our mission and for your continued support. Your generosity is changing lives, one dream at a time.

Alternative Family Services (AFS) is dedicated to creating brighter futures for foster youth through our comprehensive programs and services. Thanks to the generosity of our community and the success of…

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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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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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Manny’s Journey: From Foster Care to Future Barber

By Alternative Family Services / May 1, 2024
Your support for Foster Hope can light the path for many more foster youth like Manny, guiding them toward fulfilling and autonomous futures

Manny*, now 17, grew up in the foster care system and found more than just a trim at the local barber shop he frequented with his foster father. For Manny,…

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Impact Story: Maddie’s Summer of Transformation

By Alternative Family Services / April 12, 2024
Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Foster Hope campaign, Maddie's summer was just the beginning. Her story is a testament to these experiences' impact on a foster child's life—a true embodiment of the hope, growth, and joy your contributions foster.

Maddie*, a bright-eyed 12-year-old with an infectious laugh, entered the foster care system very young. Shy and reserved, she often felt like an outsider looking in, her notebook filled with…

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