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

Can You Adopt an Adult?

One question we’ve often heard over the years is, “Can you adopt an adult?” Let’s…

Q&A with a Former Foster Youth

There are lots of stats out there about the state of foster youth in California,…

Why Social Services is One of the Best Second Careers

Whether you’re interested in a fresh start in the job market or you want to…

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