Can You Adopt an Adult?

Can You Adopt an Adult?

One question we’ve often heard over the years is, “Can you adopt an adult?” Let’s dig into this query further in the context of foster care.  Adoption Age from Foster Care  In short, yes, you…

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One woman's experience as a former foster youth.

Q&A with a Former Foster Youth

There are lots of stats out there about the state of foster youth in California, including on our own blog. But these numbers never tell the full picture.  We recently chatted with M, a former…

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Why Social Services is One of the Best Second Careers

Why Social Services is One of the Best Second Careers

Whether you’re interested in a fresh start in the job market or you want to work part time after a decades-long career, a social services position is one of the best second careers you can…

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Unpacking Foster Meaning

Unpacking Foster Meaning

Curious about what the “foster” in foster care means? Let’s unpack the term in the realm of child welfare.  What does foster mean? If you look up “foster” in the dictionary, you’ll see a definition for a…

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What is a Resource Parent

What is a Resource Parent?

Have you seen the term “resource parent” or “resource family” used on our site and wondered, what is a Resource Parent? Why do we and others in the child welfare space use this term? Let’s explain.  Resource…

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Faith Battles headshot

Faith Battles Awarded First Ever AFS Children’s Guardian Award for Lifetime of Service

Award to be Presented at AFS 40th Anniversary Gala February 28    Santa Rosa, CA, February 5, 2019 – Alternative Family Services (AFS) is proud to announce that Faith M. Battles, MSW, former AFS case worker and currently the Division…

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