Beverly Johnson, LCSW, Joins AFS as First COO

Beverly Johnson, LCSW, Joins AFS as First COO

Beverly Johnson, LCSW, Joins AFS as First COO.

We are excited to welcome Bevery Johnson to the AFS family! In January 2022, Johnson officially joined Alternative Family Services, becoming the agency’s first ever Chief Operating Officer. Based out of the Sacramento area, Beverly will serve the varying needs of all AFS offices, staff and families. 

About The AFS COO Role 

What does her job at AFS entail? This new position has been created to facilitate our desire to develop new program offerings and revenue streams.  Beverly will be involved with designing new programs, bringing them to our county partners, and seeking to increase the counties where AFS operates program. She will also be responsible for data conceptualization, presentation, outcome reporting, the co-ordination and strengthening of our CQI process, and coordination of our (re)accreditation efforts.   

Professional Background 

A California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Beverly has deep experience in the world of foster and kinship care, child welfare, mental health, and adoption, among other areas of related expertise. She also has served as an expert witness in court cases involving kinship, foster care, and adoptions.  

Beverly has expertise in foster and kinship care, adoptions and mental health and has supervised programs in all three of these areas. She has particular expertise in working with kin families. She has professional business relationships with 25 California counties. 

She holds a BA in Social Work from Sacramento State University, and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. Beverly spent the bulk of her career with Lilliput Children’s Services in Sacramento, with roles there including Regional Director, Director of Programs, Chief Program Officer and Chief Administrative Officer.  In August 2020, Lilliput merged with Los Angeles-based Wayfinder Family Services, where she recently served as Vice President of Quality and Impact.  

As AFS founder and departing CEO Dr. Jay Berlin wrote, “I’m sure that everyone on the AFS team will do everything they can to help Beverly feel at home and to welcome her into our community.” 

Alternative Family Services

Alternative Family Services (AFS) provides thoughtful, informed foster care, adoption and mental health services throughout California’s San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Sacramento region. Since 1978, the mission of AFS has been – and continues to be – to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety and well-being in communities through foster care, adoption and mental health services.

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