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What Can Be Done to Help Children in Foster Care?

By Alternative Family Services | January 30, 2019 | Comments Off on What Can Be Done to Help Children in Foster Care?

Close to 56,000 children are in the foster care system in California, a number that has unfortunately remained relatively steady since 2011. In the greater Bay Area, between two and seven of every 1,000 children are in foster care.   …

Guardianship vs. Adoption vs. Foster Care: What are the Differences?

By Alternative Family Services | January 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Guardianship vs. Adoption vs. Foster Care: What are the Differences?

When it comes to the care of non-biological children in California and elsewhere in the United States, there are many terms you should know. Let’s break down three of them: Guardianship, Foster Care and Adoption.  …

Celebrating the Holidays with Foster Youth: Do's and Don'ts

Celebrating the Holidays with Foster Youth: Do’s and Don’ts

By Alternative Family Services | November 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Celebrating the Holidays with Foster Youth: Do’s and Don’ts

The end-of-year holiday season, which usually stretches from around Thanksgiving in late November to Christmas and New Year’s Day, is typically associated with cheer, family, food and joy. And while the holiday season is positive…

The Many Benefits of Corporate Philanthropy: Why and How to Give Back [EBOOK]

By Alternative Family Services | October 25, 2018 | Comments Off on The Many Benefits of Corporate Philanthropy: Why and How to Give Back [EBOOK]

Every year, hundreds of businesses and organizations donate time, resources, money and more to various philanthropic groups and charities. In the U.S. alone, companies now donate more than $18.5 billion annually. Companies big and small…

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Where Do You End Up Living After the Foster Care Process Ends?

By Alternative Family Services | October 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Where Do You End Up Living After the Foster Care Process Ends?

Typically, most discussions around foster youth and their families center around their time in the care of Resource Parents, away from their biological parents. But what happens when they are no longer youths? Where do…

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3 Top Tips for Parents [Infographic]

By Alternative Family Services | October 21, 2018 | Comments Off on 3 Top Tips for Parents [Infographic]

No matter how old your child is or how you became a parent or caregiver, raising kids is hard work. We’re here to help. Here are three top parenting tips to help you and your…

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29 Surprising Foster Care Facts

By Alternative Family Services | October 5, 2018 | Comments Off on 29 Surprising Foster Care Facts

When it comes to the foster care system, a lot of myths and falsehoods prevail. In particular, we’ve found that many people still think that Resource Parents (aka foster parents) only do it for the…

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Celebrating 40 Years of Helping Children and Communities: AFS Reaches a Milestone Anniversary

By Alternative Family Services | August 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Celebrating 40 Years of Helping Children and Communities: AFS Reaches a Milestone Anniversary

The world was much different place back in 1978. Disco was still popular, Animal House was showing in theaters, and you only needed $160 to rent a studio in San Francisco. But one thing that…

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Northern California Nonprofit CEO Named Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers

By Alternative Family Services | April 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Northern California Nonprofit CEO Named Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers

Agency Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Foster Children Santa Rosa, CA, April 16, 2018 – Alternative Family Services (AFS) Founder and CEO, Jay Berlin, PhD, has been named Public Citizen of the Year by the…

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