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 through foster care, adoption, and mental health services.

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."

Individuals, businesses, and community organizations may participate in the virtual drive to help fund enrichment opportunities for foster youth including all types of camps, lessons, and classes. Click here to Foster Hope.

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
rfarecruitment@afs4kids.org
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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

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…

Meet the Resource Parent: Gayle Ballinger

Here at AFS, we are lucky to work with some amazing Resource Parents. Today, we’re…

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