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
of Revenue Goes to Programs
Positive Discharge Rate

A Word From AFS

Foster Care Amid Coronavirus: How AFS Continues Critical Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The ongoing spread of novel coronavirus is impacting all of us, and the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Your California Foster Care Home Inspection Checklist

This California foster care home inspection checklist is for anyone looking to become a Resource…

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