After more than 30 years of working at Fairfield County Job & Family Services, Johanna Pearce celebrated her retirement on Aug.30. Johanna, the Permanency Manager for Fairfield County Protective Services, has long been a leader and advocate for foster families and has been instrumental in helping hundreds of children finding their forever families through adoption. She was recognized at the Aug. 20 Fairfield County Board of Commissioners meeting and presented with a Certificate of Recognition for her time with the county and the impact she had on countless children and families.
Fairfield County JFS won’t be the only place where Johanna’s departure is felt, however. Through the years, she has served on committees and work groups across the county and state, helping develop best practices around foster care and adoption licensure and approval, as well as team meetings. Johanna’s voice has long been well-respected by leaders in child welfare and her retirement will leave a void across the state.
Replacing Johanna as the Permanency Manager within Protective Services will be David Henwood (Pictured above). David has worked with JFS for the past 12 years, with the past five as a supervisor in the Permanency team. David’s hope is to continue to grow the work of finding families for children, while hoping to carry on Johanna’s legacy.