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."

AFS Gala 2023

Saturday, May 20, 2023

An Evening Under the Stars

Saturday, May 20, 2023     6:00-10:00pm

The Overlook Terraces-Kaiser Center Mall Rooftop

344 20th St. Oakland, CA 94621

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AFS Impact Report

FY '21-'22

AFS FY'21-'22 Impact Report

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Resource Homes Needed

Teens & Siblings

AFS is in 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:

(800) 300-1022
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AFS Impact

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

A Word From AFS

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