Auction Ends: Jun 5, 2023 11:59 PM PDT
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Alternative Family Services specializes in foster care, adoption, transition-age youth, and mental health programs.

Since 1978, AFS's mission has been to support vulnerable children (ages 0-24 years) and families needing stability, safety, and well-being in communities throughout Northern California.  

The mission of Alternative Family Services is to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety and wellbeing in their communities.

AFS supports families, children and youth in foster, adoptive and extended families settings morally, materially, therapeutically and educationally. The AFS clinical model is, at heart, a highly individualized social support model.

Our clients are typically not those with sufficient economic resources to successfully address the trauma and family disruption that have befallen them. We direct our efforts towards those who are most vulnerable, lacking the economic, social and/or political means necessary to achieve stability, safety and wellbeing without outside support.

Children and Families
The recipients of our efforts are not just children, but also, significantly, their biological, foster, adoptive and extended families as well. To thrive, children need families as their key source of nurturance. In order to provide this nurturance, the families themselves need supportive interactions among their members and with the surrounding environment.

Stability, Safety and Wellbeing
The object of all child welfare services is stability, safety and wellbeing. We strive to be inclusive of the concept of children growing up in "forever families" (permanence) as well as the more generally understood meaning of a stable family life--free from neglect, abuse, trauma and violence.

As children are in families, families are in communities. Our work must be sensitive to the social context. As every child and family is unique, so is every community. We always aim to be knowledgeable and heedful of the distinctive characteristics of the cultures and communities in which our children and families are embedded.


Live Event Details

Tue May 30, 2023
6PM - 10PM PDT
The Overlook Terraces-Kaiser Center Mall Rooftop 344 20th St. Oakland, CA 94621 Add to My Calendar
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Alternative Family Services is celebrating 45 years of Hope and Happiness for the children and families we've cared for in Northern California. Please join us for this special occasion to honor our founder, Jay Berlin, and celebrate the life-changing work we do with children and families. Enjoy An Evening Under the Stars with an unforgettable cocktail hour, dinner, drinks, family, friends, and music, along with a live and silent auction.

CONTACT: Angela Taylor, Director of Resource Development,

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Starting on May 1, 2023, ALTERNATIVE FAMILY SERVICES INC will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization - and the more items we have the more money we can raise, so we're asking for your help.

Show your support by clicking on the "Donate Items" button to contribute to our catalog.

Give a little and get a lot in return.
Whether you have 1 item or 100 to contribute, your participation is an invaluable part of our fundraising efforts. By donating an item or service directly online, you'll be helping to raise money for our organization, and you'll receive a mention on our site that can link back to your own web page.