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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AFS Golf Tournament

May 16, 2024


Foster Care Awareness Month

AFS Impact

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

A Word From AFS

Candyce Phifer, MSW, who is a Case Worker at the AFS Sacramento office, is one of our fantastic staff members. In this interview, we’ll get to know Candyce and her work at AFS.

Staff in Action: Candyce Phifer

Candyce Phifer, MSW, who is a Case Worker at the AFS Sacramento office, is one…

Join our Enhanced Intensive Services Foster Care (E-ISFC) program and become a pivotal part of a child’s journey toward healing and growth.

Transform Lives with Our Enhanced Intensive Services Foster Care Program

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Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Foster Hope campaign, Maddie's summer was just the beginning. Her story is a testament to these experiences' impact on a foster child's life—a true embodiment of the hope, growth, and joy your contributions foster.

Impact Story: Maddie’s Summer of Transformation

Maddie*, a bright-eyed 12-year-old with an infectious laugh, entered the foster care system very young.…