Foster &
Adoption

Resource Families, we are here
for you.

Foster &
Adoption

Resource Families, we are here
for you.

In Sonoma County alone, there are 50+ children each day who need homes, sometimes for a few days and sometimes forever. Our mission is to help you help children in need by becoming a Resource Family (formerly known as a foster or fost-adopt family).

We welcome single adults, couples, empty-nesters, renters, homeowners, self-employed, and retirees. Our agency and staff fully support the LGBTQI community and people from all backgrounds.

There are many ways you can welcome a child into your home.

 

Emergency foster care – When child protective services determines that a child is not safe in their current home, an emergency foster home is needed immediately.

Foster care – Children need a safe home while their biological family is given the opportunity to remedy the life circumstances that led to the child’s removal.

Concurrent placement – The goal is for a child to have as few placements as possible, so a plan is made for the resource family to become the child’s forever family if reunification with biological family is not possible.

Adoption – Our Adoption Program helps place foster children from birth to 21 years of age in fost-adopt homes. TLC facilitates over 40 adoptions every year.

Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC) – Some children and teens qualify for extra support services to help them and their resource family to address challenging behaviors. ISFC families are provided more intensive case management and support from the TLC team as well as an increased monthly stipend.

Services

TLC provides a full range of services to support individuals and families in their journey to become foster and adoptive parents. Beginning with your one-on-one orientation, TLC will be there to guide you every step of the way as you build and grow your family.

 Our supportive services include:

  •  Comprehensive Resource Family Assessment (previously known as a home study)
  • Individualized consultation to help you make the best possible placement decisions
  • Case management and weekly or bi-weekly social work home visits
  • Generous monthly stipends
  • Monthly Family Night
  • Ongoing parent groups for training and support
  • 24-hour on call service and crisis intervention
  • Collaboration with community resources to ensure the needs of your child and family are met
  • Post-adoption services

 

Foster Care and Adoption Directors

Susan Fette, MFT

Associate Executive Director

Susan Fette, MFT

With TLC 2003-2008, 2013 to present

Education

Licensed MFT since 2002
Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, Sonoma State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sacramento State University

Work Experience

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 came to TLC 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 took a sabbatical from 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 into an Associate Executive Director position 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.

Susan currently serves on the board for Verity as well as the operation team for Santa Rosa Violence Prevention. She is in line to move into the position of Executive Director in early 2018 when our founder will be retiring.

More about Susan

Susan restores her energy by cooking for her family and friends and getting lost in Annadel, where you will find her running the trails.

Alexandra Jacobs, MSW, MPH

Foster Care and Adoption - Assistant Program Director

Alexandra Jacobs, MSW, MPH

with TLC since 2008

Education

Masters of Social Work, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Masters of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Work Experience

Alexandra has come to this work to help build families. Parenting has been a goal for her for as long as she can remember, and ever since she first became an adoptive mother in 2001, adoption and foster care have been her passion. She feels lucky to be able to combine her passion with her career, and she loves meeting new families and helping them achieve their own dreams of parenting.

After getting her undergraduate degree and Masters in Social Work and in Public Health at UC Berkeley, she worked in community health clinics, for the WIC program, and at an affordable housing program. But she knew that her passion was adoption and parenting, and she jumped at the opportunity when she saw a job announcement for Bilingual Social Worker at TLC. For five years, she conducted home studies and carried foster and fost-adopt cases for Spanish- and English-speaking families. In 2013 she became the Assistant Program Director, an exciting opportunity to combine her social work experience with management and planning skills in order to serve a larger group of families and children.

One of her favorite parts of the job is when she gets to make that call, the one parents have been hoping for. “Do you have a few minutes to talk? (And are you sitting down?) I just found out about a child who might be a good match for your family.” She still remembers so clearly the two times she got the call and all the feelings that followed. She finds it is an honor to be able to guide parents and children through this journey from the initial call, to the moving in part, and then the days and weeks – and sometimes months and years – of getting to know each other. Whether a child lives with a TLC family for 24 hours or a few months or the rest of their childhood, Alexandra knows that each of their lives has been changed in a positive way.

More about Alexandra

When Alexandra has some free time, she enjoys walking and hiking with family and friends, cooking and baking, and engaging in various creative arts. She is gaining first-hand experience in raising teenagers and young adults who are moving out into the world. She is looks forward to renewing previous interests, including long-distance bicycling and international travel, and eventually writing a novel.

Liz Jimenez, LCSW

Program Director of Foster Care and Adoption

Liz Jimenez, LCSW

with TLC since 2017

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA
Master’s Degree in Social Work, San Jose State University

Work Experience

Liz began her social services career as a Residential Care Counselor at Valley of the Moon Children’s Home in 1999. She immediately knew that she had found her calling and that working with children in the child welfare system would be her life’s work. While working and learning (mostly learning) at VOMCH, Liz earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Shortly after graduation, Liz joined TLC as a part-time social worker in the Foster Care and Adoption program. The work was interesting and challenging, but she ultimately left to accept a full-time position as the Program Director for the Post Adoption Services program at Parent’s Place. During her years at Parent’s Place her role expanded to include clinician and Clinical Director, specializing in work with families formed by adoption. Other career diversions included teaching the pre-certification classes for new foster families at Santa Rosa Junior College, teaching in the Cal State Long Beach Distance Education MSW program, and developing and expanding the Behavioral Health and ITFC programs for Alternative Family Services. Liz feels her career path has come full circle and she was thrilled to return to TLC in August of 2017. Liz is busy working on creative ways to reach new families to become foster and adoptive parents.

In her free time, Liz enjoys road biking, swimming, hiking, and home improvement projects. She loves spending time with her three children, her friends and her very large extended family.

Susan Fette, MFT

Associate Executive Director

Susan Fette, MFT

With TLC 2003-2008, 2013 to present

Education

Licensed MFT since 2002
Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, Sonoma State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sacramento State University

Work Experience

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 came to TLC 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 took a sabbatical from 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 into an Associate Executive Director position 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.

Susan currently serves on the board for Verity as well as the operation team for Santa Rosa Violence Prevention. She is in line to move into the position of Executive Director in early 2018 when our founder will be retiring.

More about Susan

Susan restores her energy by cooking for her family and friends and getting lost in Annadel, where you will find her running the trails.

Alexandra Jacobs, MSW, MPH

Foster Care and Adoption - Assistant Program Director

Alexandra Jacobs, MSW, MPH

with TLC since 2008

Education

Masters of Social Work, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Masters of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Work Experience

Alexandra has come to this work to help build families. Parenting has been a goal for her for as long as she can remember, and ever since she first became an adoptive mother in 2001, adoption and foster care have been her passion. She feels lucky to be able to combine her passion with her career, and she loves meeting new families and helping them achieve their own dreams of parenting.

After getting her undergraduate degree and Masters in Social Work and in Public Health at UC Berkeley, she worked in community health clinics, for the WIC program, and at an affordable housing program. But she knew that her passion was adoption and parenting, and she jumped at the opportunity when she saw a job announcement for Bilingual Social Worker at TLC. For five years, she conducted home studies and carried foster and fost-adopt cases for Spanish- and English-speaking families. In 2013 she became the Assistant Program Director, an exciting opportunity to combine her social work experience with management and planning skills in order to serve a larger group of families and children.

One of her favorite parts of the job is when she gets to make that call, the one parents have been hoping for. “Do you have a few minutes to talk? (And are you sitting down?) I just found out about a child who might be a good match for your family.” She still remembers so clearly the two times she got the call and all the feelings that followed. She finds it is an honor to be able to guide parents and children through this journey from the initial call, to the moving in part, and then the days and weeks – and sometimes months and years – of getting to know each other. Whether a child lives with a TLC family for 24 hours or a few months or the rest of their childhood, Alexandra knows that each of their lives has been changed in a positive way.

More about Alexandra

When Alexandra has some free time, she enjoys walking and hiking with family and friends, cooking and baking, and engaging in various creative arts. She is gaining first-hand experience in raising teenagers and young adults who are moving out into the world. She is looks forward to renewing previous interests, including long-distance bicycling and international travel, and eventually writing a novel.

Liz Jimenez, LCSW

Program Director of Foster Care and Adoption

Liz Jimenez, LCSW

with TLC since 2017

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA
Master’s Degree in Social Work, San Jose State University

Work Experience

Liz began her social services career as a Residential Care Counselor at Valley of the Moon Children’s Home in 1999. She immediately knew that she had found her calling and that working with children in the child welfare system would be her life’s work. While working and learning (mostly learning) at VOMCH, Liz earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Shortly after graduation, Liz joined TLC as a part-time social worker in the Foster Care and Adoption program. The work was interesting and challenging, but she ultimately left to accept a full-time position as the Program Director for the Post Adoption Services program at Parent’s Place. During her years at Parent’s Place her role expanded to include clinician and Clinical Director, specializing in work with families formed by adoption. Other career diversions included teaching the pre-certification classes for new foster families at Santa Rosa Junior College, teaching in the Cal State Long Beach Distance Education MSW program, and developing and expanding the Behavioral Health and ITFC programs for Alternative Family Services. Liz feels her career path has come full circle and she was thrilled to return to TLC in August of 2017. Liz is busy working on creative ways to reach new families to become foster and adoptive parents.

In her free time, Liz enjoys road biking, swimming, hiking, and home improvement projects. She loves spending time with her three children, her friends and her very large extended family.