Shelby's personal history with adoption sparked an interest in a career in Social Services from an early age. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Pepperdine University, she began working for a private child placing agency in Pierce County as a Foster Care Case Manager. In this position, Shelby provided direct support to Children's Administration (now DCYF), children in out-of-home care, and foster families. Shelby became employed with Children's Administration in Pierce County as a Placement Coordinator, then transferred to the Vancouver office in Clark County in the same position. In Fall 2018, Shelby accepted her current position with the Alliance as a Continuing Education Coordinator for the Vancouver area. Shelby has developed a passion for working with foster families and truly believes in not only providing safe spaces for children in care, but also equipping those who provide care with the knowledge and tools needed to create the best outcomes for these children.
Shelby Russell-Hays, BA
Child Welfare Trainer