Impact Story: Benji's Adoption Story

Impact Story: Benji’s Adoption Story

By Alternative Family Services | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Impact Story: Benji’s Adoption Story

Benji* was placed in Louis* and Melanie* Merino’s home when he was five months old due to neglect. Over the course of a year and a half, Louis and Melanie bonded with Benji and loved…

Impact Story: Jack

Impact Story: Jack

By Alternative Family Services | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Impact Story: Jack

A cornerstone of all AFS programs is support. Jack* is a twelve-year-old youth in foster care with severe autism and OCD, and he has been living with the Claxton* Family for three years. This past…

How Foster Care Works from Start to Finish

How Foster Care Works From Start To Finish

By Alternative Family Services | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off on 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. How Foster Care Works From…

Top reasons to apply for foster care mental health jobs in California

Top Reasons to Apply for Foster Care Mental Health Jobs in California

By Alternative Family Services | April 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Top Reasons to Apply for Foster Care Mental Health Jobs in California

Interested in mental health jobs in California, like in the Bay Area or the greater Sacramento region? If so, then consider applying for foster care mental health jobs in particular. For many reasons, this line…

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…

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