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  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • 201 to 500 Employees
  • 1978
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Civic & Social Services
  • Unknown / Non-Applicable

CompetitorsSeneca Family of Agencies, Edgewood Center for Children and Families, CASA
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Alternative Family Services has provided foster care, adoption and mental health services in Northern California since 1978. 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 ...
Mission: The Mission of Alternative Family Services is to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety, and well being in communities. CORE VALUES Evidenced Based and Outcome Driven: AFS is committed to measuring and collecting data to help our clients, families ...

Alternative Family Services Reviews

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Marsha Lewis-Akyeem
Marsha Lewis-Akyeem
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"Outstanding place to work!"

Oct 1, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO


At AFS I work with people who really care- about the children and families, and about employees. The environment is flexible and supportive, which makes it possible to do this hard work every day!


Working with children and trauma will never be easy, but everything about AFS makes it easier.
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Diversity & Inclusion at Alternative Family Services

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Diversity Programs & Initiatives

The AFS staff and Board of Directors take the ultimate ethical and legal responsibility to ensure that the agency does the best work possible in pursuit of its goals of providing thoughtful, informed care to vulnerable children, youth and families. 

The AFS staff and Board of Directors is highly committed to supporting the agency’s efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion by ensuring we reflect the communities and populations cared for by AFS.

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Alternative Family Services Interviews

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  1. Mental Health Clinician Interview

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    Average Interview

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Alternative Family Services (United States)


    I was interviewed by several individuals. I was asked questions relevant to the position. The interview process was fast and all involved were professional i.e. HR etc. I was required to submit 3 professional references, an application, cover letter, and resume. They stayed in touch with me through the process so I was not left wondering.

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Company Updates

June 30, 2022
Company News
Marsha Lewis-Akyeem replaces Dr. Jay Berlin, the founder of AFS and its CEO since 1978. Dr. Berlin retired in April 2022. Marsha comes with over twenty years of experience with all four child and youth-related public systems: Child Welfare, Children’s Specialty Mental Health Services, Juvenile Probation, and Education. Marsha began work on February 1.
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Introducing AFS's New CEO: Marsha Lewis-Akyeem - Alternative Family Services
November 11, 2019
AFS 2018-2019 Impact Report

Alternative Family Services Awards & Accolades

  • Public Citizen of the Year (Awarded to AFS founder and CEO Dr. Jay Berlin)National Association of Social Workers (NASW)2018
  • COA AccreditationCouncil on Accreditation (COA)2018

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Employees rate Alternative Family Services 3.4 out of 5 stars based on 21 anonymous reviews on Glassdoor.

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Overall, 67% of employees would recommend working at Alternative Family Services to a friend. This is based on 21 anonymously submitted reviews on Glassdoor.

50% of job seekers rate their interview experience at Alternative Family Services as positive. Candidates give an average difficulty score of 2.5 out of 5 (where 5 is the highest level of difficulty) for their job interview at Alternative Family Services.

53% of employees think that Alternative Family Services has a positive business outlook. This is based on anonymous employee reviews submitted on Glassdoor.

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