Caring for our youth and families for over 40 years
TLC Child & Family Services is a non-profit organization that annually serves over 600 children, young adults and families in Northern California. TLC provides comprehensive quality foster care and adoption services, residentially-based services, special education services, transitional housing and counseling.
Our main campus is located outside of Sebastopol, CA on seven acres of rural property complete with an apple orchard. On this site, we employ over 100 staff members who have an extensive background in social work, special education, counseling and child development. We provide comprehensive services to six Northern California counties including Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Marin, Solano and Lake.
Philosophy / Mission Statement
Our mission, simply stated, is to provide children and young adults, with a nurturing, motivating home environment that successfully connects them to positive self-esteem, family and community involvement and ultimately, independent living.
We empower families, children, young adults, and their support systems to cultivate resilience and authenticity by fostering healthy relationships
Excellence, Integrity, Transparency, Collaboration, Diversity
TLC is committed to inviting, fostering, supporting, and affirming cultural diversity in all of its clients. We strive to eradicate prejudice and develop greater appreciation of multicultural diversity in our programs and thus in our staff and clients. We aim for a heightened awareness, sensitivity, and valuing of human differences. All programs and practices shall be endeavored to create an environment in which cultural, religious, ethnic, social, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and physical differences are valued.
Susan Fette, MFT
Chief Executive Officer
Licensed MFT since 2002
Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, Sonoma State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sacramento State University
2018 Susan Fette accepted the role as the Chief Executive Officer for TLC Child & Family Services
From her time as an undergraduate student working for suicide prevention and as a residential staff at a treatment group home – Susan knew that she was on the right path towards using her innate abilities, passion, and education to creating a healthier community. Susan gained critical experience during her graduate program working with Sonoma State students through the counseling center. She was later employed by Sonoma State working in the Save our Students (SOS) program where she provided counseling services to both elementary and high school students and families. Susan went on to provide therapeutic services in a variety of settings.
After graduation, Susan spent five years investigating child abuse in Santa Cruz County. After relocating back to Sonoma County, Susan began working at TLC in 2003 to create a welcoming community for families to parent, mentor, and create permanency for the many children in the foster care system.
In 2008, Susan left TLC to pursue an interest in the neurobiology behind mental health, working for Eli Lilly in the Neuroscience division. Her position evolved into becoming a corporate responsibility ambassador helping colleagues give back to their communities throughout the United States.
In 2013, Susan accepted the position of Foster Care and Adoptions Program Director at TLC. For several years she has been honored to witness the powerful journey of children and families – from the beginning of the application process, to the moment of placement in a foster home, to successful reunification or the finalization of an adoption. In 2017, she was promoted to an Associate Executive Director where she has had the opportunity to expand her knowledge of all parts of our agency, as well as build relationships with individuals, businesses, and groups in our community such that together we can make a positive difference in the lives of youth and families.
More about Susan
Susan restores her energy with yoga, running, and cooking for friends and family.
Chair: Jennifer Weiss
Treasurer: Carli Mosbacher
Secretary: Rose Zoia
Board Member: Troy Niday
Board Member: Kaitlyn Findley-Thorn
Board Member: Mark Swedlund