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 through foster care, adoption, and mental health services.

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."

The golden thread at AFS is supporting individuals and families. We're actively seeking compassionate individuals to become resource parents or join our staff. Inquire now to make a difference in the lives of Northern California families.

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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A Word From AFS

Family Homes for Youth: AFS’s New Juvenile Restorative Justice Program in San Francisco

AFS is honored to launch our new juvenile restorative justice program, Family Homes for Youth,…

Connections Newsletter, July 2021

The July 2021 issue of the AFS quarterly newsletter, Connections, includes information about you can…

Staff in Action: Alexis Salazar

Alexis Salazar, MS, LMFT, is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. Alexis…

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