Alternative Family Support Program

The Alternative Family Support Program (AFS) supports persons with disabilities in an approved, private family home. Support and supervision is provided for up to two individuals unrelated to the AFS provider. The program provides a family-like setting for individuals who may require varying levels of support and supervision, who may prefer living with a family, and who will benefit from the additional support a family environment can provide.


Residents are eligible to receive funding based on their need for items such as room and board, support and supervision, and respite, as outlined in the AFS policy (PDF).

Next steps

For more information on the program, or to learn how to apply, contact the nearest office of the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services.