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

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

Impact Story: Benji’s Adoption Story

Benji* was placed in Louis* and Melanie* Merino’s home when he was five months old…

Impact Story: Jack

A cornerstone of all AFS programs is support. Jack* is a twelve-year-old youth in foster…

How Foster Care Works From Start To Finish

Here is an overview of how the foster care process works here in California, highlighting…

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