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 an Experienced Registered Nurse. If you would like to be considered for this position, please send a detailed cover letter and resume to info@adultfostercarens.com

Experienced Registered Nurse
Adult Foster Care of the North Shore is seeking a Registered Nurse with at least 2-3 years’ recent experience in the direct care of disabled adults with mental, intellectual and/or physical disabilities or frail elders in a family based setting. RN will provide nursing assessments, develop and oversee care plans, provide in-home trainings and communicate with doctors' offices. RN will work in conjunction with the AFC Care Managers as part of a multidisciplinary team in order to provide supervision, training and case management via home visits of our members and caregivers.

Place of employment: Headquartered in Gloucester, MA. Requires travel to home visits in areas including Essex County, Merrimack Valley and some of Middlesex County.

Work Hours: This is a part-time position working towards full-time.

Current Massachusetts RN license.
Valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Current knowledge of AFC MassHealth regulations.
Exceptional skills in leadership, communication (verbal, written, interpersonal), organization, decision-making, critical-thinking, time/project management and ability to be flexible.
Must have a basic understanding of how to use a computer. Should be comfortable with word-processing, email and able to learn our AFC database.
Must be physically and mentally fit to handle the demands of occasional emotional and mental stress.

3 professional references must be provided