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.

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

Resource Homes Needed

Teens & Siblings

AFS is in 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:

(800) 300-1022
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AFS Impact Report

FY '22-'23

AFS FY'22-'23 Impact Report

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March 9, 2024

AFS Impact

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

A Word From AFS

In the heart of our mission at AFS, stories of resilience, healing, and hope like Tomás's* underscore the transformative impact of specialized care and innovative therapies.

Transforming Trauma: Tomás’s Journey to Hope and Healing

In the heart of our mission at AFS, stories of resilience, healing, and hope like…

The Foster Joy Holiday Campaign, along with its dedicated donors, not only provided gifts and meals but also brought light and hope into the hearts of these young souls. This holiday season will forever be etched in their memories as a time when the spirit of giving and the warmth of community turned their dreams into reality.

A Holiday to Remember: The Turner Siblings Find Joy and Hope Thanks to Foster Joy Holiday Campaign

The holiday season is a time of joy and togetherness, but it once felt like…

Dr. Laurier's story is a testament to the profound impact one person can make when they choose to extend their expertise and compassion to help those on their path to a brighter future.

Impact Story: Smiles of Transformation

A special thank you to Dr. Laurier*, a compassionate dentist with a heart of gold.…