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

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Positive Discharge Rate

A Word From AFS

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…

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…

Latest News

Upcoming Events

All upcoming foster care trainings - click here

Special Training Opportunity, March 09, 2021: Covid-19 Virus and Vaccinations directly from a Kaiser Internal Medicine Physician, Dr. Nailah Thompson. AFS is very excited to share the opportunity for Staff and Resource Parents to receive information on the Covid-19 Virus and Vaccinations directly from a Kaiser Internal Medicine Physician, Dr. Nailah Thompson.

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Save the date: AFS Virtual Masquerade Gala on 05.22.21 @ 6:00pm (PDT)

Join us for this year’s MASQUERADE live event where we celebrate AFS community achievements and tremendous influence on the lives of hundreds of local foster youth. This year to protect the health and safety of our staff, speakers and guests, we are pivoting to a virtual event celebrating the resilience of the organization and our loyal supporters.

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