Happy kids with backpacks

Alternative Family Services

A virtual back-to-school drive to ensure that youth in foster care are fully equipped with the tools and resources necessary for an equitable education.

Choose an age group to donate

A Virtual Back-to-School Drive for Youth in Care

  • Individuals, community organizations (churches, community groups) and businesses can support a youth in care by donating funds, backpacks, and school supplies.
  • There is no limit to how many tags you can fulfill.
  • Share this webpage with your network and on social media.
  • Questions can be emailed to Director of Development, Simone West - swest@afs4kids.org.

Adopt a Tag

  1. Choose age group you’d like to adopt a tag for.
  2. Click "new tag" to browse requests. Hitting the back-arrow starts the tag search over.
  3. Once you choose a tag, select:
    Donate Money for Supplies
    Buy & Ship Supplies
    Purchase the requested item from the tag from any online retailer and ship to:
    AFS Development Department, 401 Roland Way #150, Oakland, CA 94621

Donate Directly to the AFS Foster Learning Fund

  • Funds will be used for the highest educational priorities for foster youth.
    Examples of how your donation may be used to foster learning with AFS clients:
    $5,000 - Tuition support for two Transition Age Youth (TAY)
    $1,000 - Tutoring expenses for one Youth
    $500 - Laptop/Chromebook for school
    $250 - School clothes/shoes for two Youth
    $100 - New backpacks for three Youth
    $75 - Haircare kit for Black Youth
    $50 - School supplies for one Youth

Buy and Ship Items from the Youth in Care Wishlist

  • Instead of “Adopting a Tag” or donating money, you may choose to purchase and ship any items from the Youth in Care Wishlist
  • AFS receives 0.5% of the proceeds from items purchased from AmazonSmile.