Shannon Heide Livingston

Shannon Heide Livingston, Supervisor for Intensive Family Services and Foster Care

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Shannon Heide Livingston, LSCSW is the Supervisor for our Intensive Family Services program and Foster Care program. Shannon has had the privilege of serving youth and families for the past 25 years in the areas of mental health and child welfare. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas and has a clinical social work license. Shannon has been an integral part of O’Connell Children’s Shelter for the past 11 years and worked across all programs the agency offers.

Shannon began her career working in several community mental health centers in Kansas doing case management for youth and adults, individual therapy, and family therapy. She then worked in a private therapy practice in Lawrence. After spending time as a stay at home parent, Shannon started at O’Connell Children’s Shelter as a foster care worker. She is an NTDC foster parent training facilitator and a Risking Connection (an evidenced-informed foundational trauma training program for professionals working with trauma survivors) trainer. Shannon has helped to train, license, and support many foster, adoptive, and kinship families during her years of service. She especially feels compelled to work alongside families who are struggling to help them realize their strengths and maintain families and children safely together.

Shannon and her husband Buddy are enjoying raising 2 teenage children.