Walden COO Sue Evans Joins FFTA Board

Walden Family Services is proud to announce that Chief Operating Officer Sue Evans has been elected to the Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) Board of Directors for a three-year term.

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.

Under her leadership, Walden expanded its foster care program to care for teens with developmental disabilities and started a program for children and teens with special health care needs. Evans also established and launched Walden’s successful Transitional Housing Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) program, Nurturing Parenting, and Visitation Programs. Her experience and expertise make her a frequently-sought presenter of best practices at both national and state conferences.

“We are very proud of the fact that Walden’s been a pioneer in the area of nurturing medically fragile and behaviorally challenged children,” says Teresa Stivers, Walden Family Services’ CEO. “And Sue Evans gets a lot of the credit for the fact that our programs have become models for other agencies.”

Evans’ work has led to Walden’s 2018 designation as one of the first agencies licensed by the State of California to provide Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC), allowing children and youth with significant medical, therapeutic and behavioral needs to remain in a home-based setting for care.

Sue Evans shares Walden’s commitment to the idea that every child should have a loving family and the ability to realize their greatest potential, regardless of ability. Her board service with FFTA will continue to help Walden Family Services, FFTA and the children and families they serve advance toward that goal daily.


About Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA)

FFTA was founded in 1988 to develop, promote and support treatment foster care. They are the only national nonprofit representing treatment foster care with 470 member agencies located in nearly every US state and Canadian province. FFTA member agencies provide treatment foster care services to more than 50,000 children and youth each year.