A virtual gift drive to ensure foster youth receive a gift this holiday season!

Get Involved with AFS

Everyone can make an impact on the lives of AFS children and families. There are many ways to get involved with AFS and positively impact foster youth and their families throughout Northern California.

Invest in a Foster Youth

AFS strives to make sure every foster youth we care for has access to critical resources that will help them become independent individuals in their communities.

"AFS believes every child we care for should have access to critical needs and services to help them thrive."

When a youth is removed from their home, they usually leave with very few of their own belongings. Foster parents don’t know ahead of time who they’ll be caring for, thus making it challenging when a youth is first placed in their home.

AFS caseworkers are on call 24/7/365 and help make sure every child feels safe and secure when they enter placement. They often have to rush out and purchase clothing, backpacks or a even a stuffed animal to help a child get settled.

AFS believes every child we care for should have access to critical needs and services that are only available with funding from grants and donations such as tutoring, enrichment, therapy tools, transitional housing supplies and certain school related expenses.

Examples of critical needs and services that may be funded with donations

$5,000 funds emergency placement kits for 50 newly placed foster youth to ease their transition

$2,500 funds housing assistance for 6 emancipating youth who are becoming independent

$1,500 provides 80 hours intensive services for foster youth with serious developmental disabilities

$500 funds 20 backpacks for foster kids to go to school with confidence

$750 funds 7hrs of 1-1 mentoring/therapeutic outings for foster youth

$150 provides specialized foster parent training for childhood trauma and sexually exploited children

$250 funds 3 car seats to transport our youngest foster youth to therapeutic visits

$50 funds the athletic and enrichment fees for one foster youth to help build skills and self esteem

Become an AFS Business or Community Partner

Community involvement at all levels is a critical component to our work. Our commitment to permanency, lasting relationships and mutual support extends to building long-term relationships with our community and business partners. We encourage our network of biological, adoptive and foster families, staff and volunteers to patronize and support our community partners.

Please contact Simone West, Director of Development at (510) 338-7769 or

AFS Partner Opportunities

  • Direct donations
  • Corporate foundation support
  • Gifts-in-kind
  • Cause-related marketing promotions
  • Consumer donations
  • Sponsorships
  • Employee involvement
  • Volunteer programs
  • Matching gifts
  • Payroll deductions
  • Corporate fundraisers

With your donations, we can provide foster youth critical resources to achieve success in life.