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."


Raising funds to support

EQUITABLE EDUCATION for foster youth.

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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A Word From AFS

Marsha Lewis-Akyeem Named As New CEO of Alternative Family Services

Lewis-Akyeem Takes Over for Dr. Jay Berlin, Who Has Served as the Founder/CEO of Alternative…

Introducing AFS’s New CEO: Marsha Lewis-Akyeem

We are thrilled to announce that Marsha Lewis-Akyeem has been selected to lead Alternative Family…

Q&A With Monica Aguilar

Monica Aguilar first became a foster youth as a teenager. Now, Monica works with current…

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