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."


Virtual Holiday Drive for Youth in Care

Individuals, companies and community organizations can click here to Foster Joy!

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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Positive Discharge Rate

A Word From AFS

Impact Story: Mrs. Jordan

Mrs. Jordan* has been an AFS fost-adopt parent for almost two years. Mrs. Jordan’s adult…

Staff in Action: Karina Mateos

Karina Mateos is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. She recently joined…

The Education Outcomes of California Foster Youth​

 Introduction There are over 50,000 foster youth in California, according to data from the Annie…

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