About

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, transition age youth 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.

Our Mission:

Providing healthy, healing environments and experiences for foster and other youth and their families, in which their differences are leveraged, valued, and celebrated  

Our Values:

Excellence, Integrity, Transparency, Collaboration, Equity

Our Philosophy:

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.

TLC’s Leadership

  • Susan Fette, MFT

    CEO

  • Karen Butler

    Chief of Finance and Administration

  • Hector Matias, MSW

    Senior Director

  • Karen Bergman, LCSW

    Senior Director, Treatment & Services

  • Liz Jimenez, LCSW

    Senior Director of Foster Care Programs

  • James Freeman

    Operations Manager

  • Amanda Atkinson

    Human Resources Manager

  • Brytann Busick

    Communications Specialist

  • Jessica Quigley

    Executive Assistant

  • Shelby Means, MSW

    Director of Transition Age Youth Housing Program

Susan Fette, MFT

CEO

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.

Karen Butler

Chief of Finance and Administration

Hector Matias, MSW

Senior Director

Karen Bergman, LCSW

Senior Director, Treatment & Services

Liz Jimenez, LCSW

Senior Director of Foster Care Programs

James Freeman

Operations Manager

Amanda Atkinson

Human Resources Manager

Brytann Busick

Communications Specialist

Jessica Quigley

Executive Assistant

Shelby Means, MSW

Director of Transition Age Youth Housing Program

Board

 

Chair: Troy Niday

Secretary: Rose Zoia

Treasurer: Carli Mosbacher

Board Member: Carson Amiral

Board Member: Emily DeBacker

Board Member: Kaitlyn Findley-Thorn

Board Member: Scott Prichard

Board Member: Mark Swedlund

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