siblings

Adopting Siblings from Foster Care: What You Should Know

By Alternative Family Services | August 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Adopting Siblings from Foster Care: What You Should Know

Want to grow your family by adopting siblings? For many adoptive parents in the United States, adopting a sibling group from foster care is ideal for a wide variety of reasons. If you’re interested in…

Adopting an adult

Can You Adopt an Adult?

By Alternative Family Services | June 10, 2019 | Comments Off on 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…

Former foster youth

Q&A with a Former Foster Youth

By Alternative Family Services | May 10, 2019 | Comments Off on 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…

passion

Why Social Services is One of the Best Second Careers

By Alternative Family Services | April 30, 2019 | Comments Off on 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…

Meaning of Foster

Unpacking Foster Meaning

By Alternative Family Services | March 24, 2019 | Comments Off on 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…

A resource parent

What is a Resource Parent?

By Alternative Family Services | March 3, 2019 | Comments Off on 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…

Faith Battles

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

By Alternative Family Services | February 6, 2019 | Comments Off on 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…

parent and child

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…

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