Stephanie M. Shaw, M.S., C.R.C.
Associate Executive Director
Stephanie is Adoption STAR’s Associate Executive Director. Stephanie is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a Master’s Degree from University at Buffalo. Stephanie’s role includes supervision of staff, working closely with the Executive Director to implement strategic planning, enhance the agency’s services, and grow programs across all states Adoption STAR is licensed or authorized in. Stephanie is a mom and of three children, including a “STAR Baby.” Stephanie has over 30 years of experience in child welfare, mental health, and school-based services, and has presented at both the local and national levels on special education advocacy, adoption-related topics and person-centered services to professionals and families. Stephanie’s personal adoption experiences have led her to be a tireless activist and advocate for transracial adoptive families and adoption support from childhood to the young adult years.
Stephanie began working at Adoption STAR in a per diem capacity after her own experiences with adoption from foster care, and the agency prompted a desire to help others become parents. Stephanie has worked at Adoption STAR since 2005, writing home studies, providing adoption education to prospective adoptive parents, working with expectant and birth parents, and participating in the advent of the agency’s A-OK and Family STAR programs.
In addition to her adoption education and services experience, Stephanie is an expert in Family Education on Schizophrenia, Person-Centered Services, and Educational Advocacy.
Stephanie is thrilled to bring her knowledge and personal experience to Adoption STAR’s staff and clients, and loves learning new things from the adoption circle every day.