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
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of Revenue Goes to Programs
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Positive Discharge Rate

A Word From AFS

Unpacking Foster Meaning

Curious about what the “foster” in foster care means? Let’s unpack the term in the realm…

What is a Resource Parent?

Have you seen the term “resource parent” or “resource family” used on our site and wondered, what…

What Can Be Done to Help Children in Foster Care?

Close to 56,000 children are in the foster care system in California, a number that has unfortunately…

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