National State Trainer . Social Service Advocate
Wendy Shields, M.P.A., received her Master’s in Public Administration in 2003 and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1996 from Ohio University. Ms. Shields has more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private child welfare system. She is the former Director of Milestones Therapeutic Foster Care Agency and the former Foster Care Training Coordinator for The Buckeye Ranch. Currently, Ms. Shields serves as Director of Athens County Family and Children First Council, overseeing the county's multi-system service coordination, Help Me Grow and Ohio Children Trust Fund programming. Ms. Shields has been a trainer, coach and consultant for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program for the past 12 years, specializing in areas of foster parent pre-placement, youth emancipation support and readiness, early childhood developmental assessment and intervention, staff development, and presentation skills.