Child Welfare and Foster Care

Foster Youth Education in California: What You Need to Know

By Alternative Family Services / July 2, 2020
Foster Care Education AFS

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…

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Foster Care Amid Coronavirus: How AFS Continues Critical Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Alternative Family Services / April 7, 2020
AFS, Foster Care and Coronavirus

The ongoing spread of novel coronavirus is impacting all of us, and the COVID-19 pandemic is especially effecting the foster care and child welfare system. As youth continue to be…

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Unpacking Foster Meaning

By Alternative Family Services / March 24, 2019
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,…

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What is a Resource Parent?

By Alternative Family Services / March 3, 2019
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…

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What Can Be Done to Help Children in Foster Care?

By Alternative Family Services / January 30, 2019
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…

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

By Alternative Family Services / January 25, 2019
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:…

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

By Alternative Family Services / October 21, 2018
Transition Aged Foster Youth

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…

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29 Surprising Foster Care Facts

By Alternative Family Services / October 5, 2018
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)…

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