They say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” AFS is that village for hundreds of Northern California foster children and their families. AFS is a foster, adoptions and mental health agency that has been creating safe, permanent connections for foster children and youth in the Bay Area since 1978.
The AFS mission is to foster nurturing family environments within communities for children in need. AFS is committed to:
- Supporting families at risk
- Creating permanency options for all foster children
- Providing mental health and other supports to children, youth and their families
- Preparing foster youth for adult independent living
- Responding to needs in the community as they arise
Community and Family Centered: AFS believes children heal and thrive living with families in the community. AFS works with clients and families in their own homes, schools and other community settings. AFS brings its services to our clients rather than expecting our clients to come to us.
Strength Based: AFS is committed to identifying, utilizing, and celebrating individual strengths in our approach to healing children and supporting foster and adoptive families who so generously open their homes.
Culturally Competent: AFS values the variety of backgrounds and experiences of all people we work with – children, youth, biological, foster and adoptive families. AFS employs a culturally diverse staff sensitive to clients' cultural cues and preferences. AFS celebrates the diversity of our clients and their families, integrating this appreciation in all of our work. AFS proudly offers all of our services in English and Spanish.
Evidenced Based and Outcome Driven: AFS is committed to measuring and collecting data to help our clients, families, and staff understand their accomplishments and help them set clear, realistic goals as they move forward.
Life is Random
AFS caseworker and art therapist Maria Nolan facilitated a multi-aged group art project with AFS foster youth. The original works were completed on 12” x 12” art tiles. The project, titled Life is Random, represents the many unknown and often chaotic roads a foster youth has and will travel. Each tile has “roads” that randomly lead to the other tiles, a metaphor for how the roads traveled by the foster youth have randomly connected them for this art project.