Alternative Family Services provides thoughtful, informed foster care, adoption and mental health services throughout Northern California.

Since 1978, the mission of AFS has been – and continues to be – 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 Vision

There are over 400,000 youth in foster care at any time in the United States, and close to 56,000 foster youth in California alone.

Everyone can play a part in making sure they become healthy, independent adults.

Watch this video to learn more about foster care, and how the AFS community works to improve the lives and livelihoods of youth and their families throughout Northern California.

AFS Impact

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

A Word From AFS

Staff in Action: Samuel Cruz

Samuel Cruz, home approver, is one of the amazing staff members here at AFS. In fact,…

Foster Youth Education in California: What You Need to Know

Today, the state of foster youth education in the United States, including in California, is substandard. But, there are ways…

Staff in Action: Support Counselors of The Gathering Place

The Support Counselors of The Gathering Place have performed amazing work during this shelter in…

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