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

Since 1978, the AFS mission is to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety, and well-being in communities.

AFS follows CDC recommendations and works closely with its county partners on ensuring a safe, equitable, and compassionate workplace for its youth, families, and staff.

Note: The foster care industry has replaced the terms "foster parent" and "foster family" with "resource parent" and "resource family."


Raising funds to support

EQUITABLE EDUCATION for foster youth.

Homes Needed for Teens and Siblings

AFS has an urgent need for caring, stable, and loving homes for teens and siblings. If you or someone you know can help a teen or sibling group please inquire online or contact us at:

(800) 300-1022
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AFS Impact

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A Word From AFS

Staff in Action: Brittany Ratiani

Brittany Ratiani, LMFT, is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. Brittany was…

Foster Care and Taxes: What You Need to Know

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Beverly Johnson, LCSW, Joins AFS as First COO

We are excited to welcome Bevery Johnson to the AFS family! In January 2022, Johnson…

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