Impact Story: Marisol and Michael

Impact Story: Marisol

By Alternative Family Services | August 11, 2023

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 the verge of having her…

What Happens When There Is A Report of Child Abuse/Neglect? For AFS Blog: Foster Care and Neglect: What You Should Know

Foster Care and Neglect: What You Should Know

By Alternative Family Services | August 3, 2023

Oftentimes, youth enter foster care due to neglect.  According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for Fiscal Year 2021, of the nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the…

Here at AFS, we recently put together a guide highlighting key resources for foster youth in California – and for others in the state in need of support and resources. You can check it out here: https://www.afs4kids.org/resources/

Where to Find Resources for Foster Youth in California

By Alternative Family Services | July 22, 2023

Here at AFS, we recently put together a guide highlighting key resources for foster youth in California – and for others in the state in need of support and resources. You can check it out…

Reunification and Foster Care: What You Need to Know [AFS Blog]

Reunification and Foster Care: What You Need to Know

By Alternative Family Services | June 24, 2023

What do foster parents, children in foster care, biological families and the general public need to know about reunification in foster care? Let’s explore the reunification process within the foster care system in California today. …

Understanding AFS’s Community-Based Services Model for Supporting Youth and Families

Understanding AFS’s Community-Based Services Model for Supporting Youth and Families

By Alternative Family Services | April 21, 2023

Here at Alternative Family Services, we use a community-based services model as one option to support the varying needs of the youth and families we work with throughout northern California. Let’s explore the meaning of…

In Alameda County, Alternative Family Services provides telepsychiatry services to youth and families within the child welfare system.

Overview of AFS’s Telepsychiatry Services

By Alternative Family Services | March 25, 2023

Alternative Family Services provides telepsychiatry services to youth and families within the child welfare system. Let’s dive into what this entails, and why it can be advantageous.  What is Telepsychiatry? Telepsychiatry is a branch of…

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