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…

Dwayne

Impact Story: Dwayne

By Alternative Family Services | October 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Impact Story: Dwayne

Oftentimes when one thinks of foster care, they imagine foster “kids.” However, in the United States, 115,395 out of 423,997 youth in foster care in 2019 were between 13 and 20 years old.¹ Teens and…

Impact Story: Cassandra (AFS)

Impact Story: Cassandra

By Alternative Family Services | October 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Impact Story: Cassandra

Alternative Family Services (AFS) works with a wide variety of youth in foster care who face many unique challenges. AFS staff and resource parents always strive to provide the best support and care that meets…

The Andersen Siblings

Impact Story: The Andersen Siblings

By Alternative Family Services | July 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Impact Story: The Andersen Siblings

Oftentimes, youth that are placed into foster care have siblings that are also in need of placement. Alternative Family Services (AFS) strives to place siblings in the same foster home as it is essential for…

Leslie Matthews

Staff in Action: Leslie Matthews

By Alternative Family Services | July 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Staff in Action: Leslie Matthews

Leslie Matthews, Program Director of the AFS Sacramento office, is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. In fact, here’s how she has worked with one person from elementary school all the way…

Nicole Perez

Staff in Action: Nicole Perez

By Alternative Family Services | July 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Staff in Action: Nicole Perez

Nicole Perez, Clinical Supervisor/Intensive Care Coordinator, is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. In fact, here’s how she helped one family reunify through The Gathering Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xTbF7uA4kE  Get to Know Nicole  What are your main responsibilities…

Samuel Cruz

Staff in Action: Samuel Cruz

By Alternative Family Services | July 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Staff in Action: Samuel Cruz

Samuel Cruz, home approver, is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. In fact, here’s what one prospective resource parent had to say about him following a home inspection:  “It was a pleasure meeting you this afternoon…

Fostering a child

Foster Youth Education in California: What You Need to Know

By Alternative Family Services | July 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Foster Youth Education in California: What You Need to Know

Today, the state of foster youth education in the United States, including in California, is substandard. But, there are ways all of us can help children and youth in foster care get the education they deserve. By investing in a foster youth’s education…

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