Impact Stories

Dear 10-Year-Old Self: Letter from A Former Foster Youth

By Alternative Family Services / February 22, 2024
Dear 10-year-old self, know that you are loved, valued, and incredibly strong. Our journey is a testament to the power of resilience, a reminder that dawn always breaks no matter how dark the night is.

Note: This “letter” was written by a former AFS foster youth, describing what they would tell a past version of themselves now. Dear 10-Year-Old Self, I’m reaching out across the…

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A New Chapter: Brielle’s Journey from Struggle to Success

By Alternative Family Services / February 22, 2024
Brielle's story is a beacon of hope and a reminder of the impact that a compassionate, personalized approach can have on those in the juvenile justice system. Her journey from struggle to success embodies what can be achieved when individuals are given the support, understanding, and opportunities they need to change their lives. As Brielle continues to progress, her story stands as a testament to the power of belief, support, and the enduring strength of the human spirit to overcome adversity.

Brielle’s* story is a powerful testament to resilience, the transformative power of support, and the possibility of new beginnings. When Brielle entered the Juvenile Probation Program in 2023, her life…

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Transforming Trauma: Tomás’s Journey to Hope and Healing

By Alternative Family Services / February 22, 2024
In the heart of our mission at AFS, stories of resilience, healing, and hope like Tomás's* underscore the transformative impact of specialized care and innovative therapies.

In the heart of our mission at AFS, stories of resilience, healing, and hope like Tomás’s* underscore the transformative impact of specialized care and innovative therapies. Tomás, a bright yet…

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Impact Story: Smiles of Transformation

By Alternative Family Services / December 15, 2023
Dr. Laurier's story is a testament to the profound impact one person can make when they choose to extend their expertise and compassion to help those on their path to a brighter future.

A special thank you to Dr. Laurier*, a compassionate dentist with a heart of gold. Driven by a deep sense of empathy, Dr. Laurier. has made it his mission to…

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Roseline’s Journey: From Despair to Renewed Hope

By Alternative Family Services / October 12, 2023
Roseline’s Journey: From Despair to Renewed Hope

Roseline’s* story began amidst challenges that most of us can only imagine. Deep struggles and heartbreaking moments marked her early life, but it is also a testament to human resilience…

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Impact Story: Marisol

By Alternative Family Services / August 11, 2023
Impact Story: Marisol and Michael

Marisol*, a mother utilizing services at The Gathering Place, had been missing her visits with her biological daughter who was in foster care. Because of her absence, Marisol was on…

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