Sue Evans at CA Alliance Meeting

Helena Lopez (left), California Alliance for Child and Youth Services Board member and CEO of Greater Hope with Walden COO, Sue Evans.

At its recent 2019 Fall Executives’ Conference, The California Alliance for Child and Family Services (the CA Alliance) announced that Walden Family Services’ Chief Operating Officer Sue Evans has been elected to chair its Foster Family Agency (FFA) Committee.

“Walden Family Services has worked closely with the California Alliance on key policy issues affecting the operations of California foster family agencies,” said Teresa Stivers, Walden Family Services’ CEO. “I am pleased that Sue Evans is chairing the CA Alliance’s FFA Committee at this critical time when child welfare organizations continue to work on continuum of care reform and grapple with how FFAs will help actualize the Family First Prevention Act.”

A graduate of Bath University in England, Evans has over 30 years of experience in social work and foster care. She joined Walden as a social worker in 2000 and has held various positions including interim CEO before becoming COO in 2010. Since joining Walden, Evans led an expansion of its foster care program to include care for teens with developmental disabilities and started a program for children and teens with special health care needs. Evans was also instrumental in establishing Walden’s successful Transitional Housing Placement for Non-Minor Dependents program, Nurturing Parenting, and Adoption Programs. She is frequently-sought after as a presenter of best practices at both national and state conferences.

Sue Evans shares Walden’s commitment to the vision that every child should have a loving family and the ability to realize their greatest potential, regardless of what challenges they may experience. Her service with the California Alliance will also continue to help Walden Family Services and the children and families served.

About California Alliance for Child and Family Service (the CA Alliance)

The CA Alliance passionately represents California’s most vulnerable populations. More than 125 organizations that serve California’s most vulnerable populations trust the CA Alliance to provide legislative and regulatory advocacy to the Governor and the Legislature, as well as a host of state departments including: Health and Human Services, Finance, Mental Health, Social Services, Education and Community Care Licensing. Each program area represented by the CA Alliance has a committee that determines and monitors the legislative and regulatory agenda in the program area. Member agencies with active programs in CA Alliance advocacy areas are allotted one voting member on the corresponding program committee.