AFS Black History Month Celebration 2021

By Alternative Family Services | April 5, 2021 | Comments Off on AFS Black History Month Celebration 2021

Black History Month is always a time for reflection at AFS. Diversity, equity and inclusion has been woven into our mission for over 40 years throughout all aspects of our work with foster youth, their…

Meet the Resource Parent: Derrick Hooper

Meet the Resource Parent: Derrick Hooper

By Alternative Family Services | April 4, 2021 | Comments Off on Meet the Resource Parent: Derrick Hooper

Here at AFS, we are lucky to work with some amazing Resource Parents. Today, we’re going to highlight one of them: Derrick Hooper.  For over 20 years, Derrick has been working primarily with teenagers in…

Samuel L. Smalls, our longtime Board of Director member and past President of the Board has a new gig!

Movers and Shakers: New Job for Former Board President Sam Smalls

By Alternative Family Services | March 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Movers and Shakers: New Job for Former Board President Sam Smalls

Samuel L. Smalls, current longtime member of the AFS Board of Directors and past President of the Board has a new gig! He is now the Treasury and Debt Section Manager in the Office of…

In California, is single parent fostering possible?

Single Parent Fostering: What You Need to Know

By Alternative Family Services | March 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Single Parent Fostering: What You Need to Know

In California, is single parent fostering possible? Can a single person become a foster parent, or is foster care only for couples? If you’re a single woman or man who is interested in helping foster…

AFS Connections newsletter March 2021

Connections Newsletter, March 2021

By Alternative Family Services | March 1, 2021 | Comments Off on Connections Newsletter, March 2021

In the March 2021 version of our email newsletter, AFC Connections, we highlight a recent foster youth impact story, shine a spotlight on two of our amazing Resource Parents, promote our upcoming virtual gala and…

Impact Story: Marcus

Impact Story: Marcus

By Alternative Family Services | February 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Impact Story: Marcus

Marcus* was placed with an AFS foster mother 11 years ago when he was just 7 years old. Marcus, his 10-year-old sister, Nikki* and 12-year-old brother, Miles*, had all endured severe abuse and neglect. All…

Tonia Elliott AFS Caseworker

Staff in Action: Tonia Elliott

By Alternative Family Services | February 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Staff in Action: Tonia Elliott

Tonia Elliott is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. Tonia, a Caseworker out of the Vallejo office, was inspired to work with children and families and has been working at AFS for…

Foster Parents Jessica and Silvio Sobalvarro

Meet the Family: Jessica and Silvio Sobalvarro

By Alternative Family Services | February 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Meet the Family: Jessica and Silvio Sobalvarro

Here at AFS, we are lucky to work with some amazing Resource Parents. Today, we’re going to highlight two of them: Jessica and Silvio Sobalvarro. The Sobalvarros started their fostering journey three years ago. Silvio’s…

AFS Enhanced Visitation Model 2020

Alternative Family Services Wins the Council on Accreditation’s 2020 Innovative Practices Award

By Alternative Family Services | December 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Alternative Family Services Wins the Council on Accreditation’s 2020 Innovative Practices Award

The award celebrates AFS’s Enhanced Visitation Model as an example of COVID-19 innovation in the human services field. December 9, 2020 – Santa Rosa, CA – Alternative Family Services (AFS) was recently named the winner…

Alma Woodard: AFS Staff in Action

Staff in Action: Alma Woodard

By Alternative Family Services | November 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Staff in Action: Alma Woodard

Alma Woodard, Home Approver/Trainer, is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. Here’s what one San Francisco child welfare worker had to say about her: “I am a San Francisco County Child Welfare…

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