Alternative Family Services provides thoughtful, informed foster care, adoption and mental health services throughout Northern California.

Since 1978, the mission of AFS has been – and continues to be – to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety and well-being in communities through foster care, adoption and mental health services.

AFS Vision

There are over 400,000 youth in foster care at any time in the United States, and close to 56,000 foster youth in California alone.

Everyone can play a part in making sure they become healthy, independent adults.

Watch this video to learn more about foster care, and how the AFS community works to improve the lives and livelihoods of youth and their families throughout Northern California.

AFS Impact

Average Number of Youth Served Annually
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of Revenue Goes to Programs
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Positive Discharge Rate

A Word From AFS

What is a Resource Parent?

Have you seen the term “resource parent” or “resource family” used on our site and wondered, what…

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…

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…

Latest News

Upcoming Events

Save the date: AFS Virtual Masquerade Gala on 05.22.2021 @ 6:00pm (PDT)

Join us for this year’s MASQUERADE live event where we celebrate AFS community achievements and tremendous influence on the lives of hundreds of local foster youth. This year to protect the health and safety of our staff, speakers and guests, we are pivoting to a virtual event celebrating the resilience of the organization and our loyal supporters.

Portside Catering is providing delicious grazing boards for our gala ticket holders. To learn more about grazing board options visit https://portsidecatering.com/about/

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THANK YOU CORPORATE SPONSORS!