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

Impact Story: Cassandra (AFS)

Impact Story: Cassandra

Alternative Family Services (AFS) works with a wide variety of youth in foster care who…

The Andersen Siblings

Impact Story: The Andersen Siblings

Oftentimes, youth that are placed into foster care have siblings that are also in need…

Leslie Matthews

Staff in Action: Leslie Matthews

Leslie Matthews, Program Director of the AFS Sacramento office, is one of the amazing staff…