Who We Are


Adult Foster Care of the North Shore provides exceptional support and solutions for caregivers, clients and professionals including:

Financial Support – AFCNS is a MassHealth-funded program that provides a monthly payment to the caregiver. Caregivers can receive up to $1,500 per month, per client.

Health & Social Support - Our staff members become an extension to the clients' and caregivers' families. Clients and caregivers are assigned a nurse and care manager who visit the homes regularly. Staff members can answer questions about health issues and serve as a resource for medical training, education and needed interventions. We provide on-call support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Family Support - At AFCNS, we provide a foundation to maintain and improve existing relationships. We help our clients and their families navigate the complexities of living with a disability or illness.

General Resource Support - Seasoned nurses and care managers work to identify vital resources for the client. These can include:

  • Adult Day Health Programs
  • Specialized work and community support programs
  • Mental health counseling
  • Guardianship and health care proxy information
  • Transportation services
  • Information about other adult foster care programs outside our area


"I had to quit my job so I could dedicate all of my time to working with our disabled son. It was so much to coordinate and manage I felt like I was spinning out of control. Things changed when we found AFC. They provided us with an incredible support team of people we trust. A team who is on the forefront of all health regulations and program options. Because of AFC, we were finally able to go to a friend’s house without our son.
It sounds small - but it’s a big deal for us. We are so thankful for AFC."
~ Tom and Eva, Caregivers to Son

Mission Statement

Adult Foster Care of the North Shore is committed to providing and supporting stable home placements for adults with disabilities. Our mission is to enable our clients to remain a vital part of the community.

The AFC Difference

Adult Foster Care of the North Shore was founded in 2001 by Cynthia Bjorlie, MD to provide financial, emotional and clinical support solutions for families who are in need of care for a disabled or chronically ill loved one. We are a single-focused agency that is dedicated to keeping clients happy, healthy and engaged in the community.

Originally focused in Gloucester and neighboring North Shore towns, AFCNS now serves over 400 clients throughout Northeastern Massachusetts. For over 15 years, our committed team has been working closely with clients, caregivers and professionals to maintain safe and stable housing placements and enable our clients to remain a vital part of their community.

The AFC Team

Our passion, commitment and dedication can be seen in every one of our employees. When a client and/or caregiver works with Adult Foster Care, they become part of our family and acquire a true support system.


AFCNS is currently hiring experienced nurses and care managers. If you would like to be considered for a position, please send a detailed cover letter and resume to info@adultfostercarens.com.