Sierra Nevada Connections

Sierra Nevada Connections is a non-profit community-based organization committed to ensuring stability and life-sustaining changes for foster and adoptive children. Since 1986, Sierra Nevada Connections, formerly Mountain Circle Family Services, has supported over 3,500 children and families in their journey to a healthier future.

Our Vision

To assist, educate, and support children, youth, and families to be successful through best practice knowledge, quality, and sustainable programs.

Our Values

Relationships are integral to who we are. We believe in providing people with a hand-up to help better themselves. We strive to be a permanent and impactful resource in the communities we serve. An innovative spirit is ever-present in all we do and drives our desire to make the most of our programs and revenues. We uphold ourselves, and those with whom we work, to high-quality work and standards. We strive to serve as a model among and advocate for children and youth.

meet our TEAM

Dr. Shauna Rossington, DBA, LMFT

Dr. Shauna Rossington, DBA, LMFT, Executive Director of Sierra Nevada Connections since 2001. DBA, Licensed MFT (California, Nevada & Oregon). Doctorate Degree in Business Administration and Master of Science, Marriage and Family Child Counseling, Loma Linda University, San Bernardino, CA. Bachelor of Science, Psychology, and French, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA. Dr. Rossington has been working in the private nonprofit field of foster care since 1993. Since 2001, Dr. Rossington has brought many innovative programs to Sierra Nevada Connections such as our adoption license, our transitional housing programs for youth 16-18 and 18-24, and most recently our ISFC license (Intensive Services Foster Care). In 2005, Sierra Nevada Connections expanded to Reno, NV and has operated a license for Treatment Level Foster Care in Reno, NV. Additionally, Dr. Rossington has brought on two world-renowned event fundraisers, Running with the Bears Boston Qualifier Marathon and the Bear Growl Gravel Grinder, a gravel and road cycling event. These fundraisers support the many additional needs that general funds are unable to provide for. These extras may include but are not limited to, emergency clothing for foster children coming into care and more specifically the PowderQuest Program, which is an annual event taking all foster youth 14+ for an all-expense-paid trip to snowboard and ski. Dr. Rossington is dedicated to protecting children and foster families.


Sierra Nevada Connections provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Sierra Nevada Connections complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Sierra Nevada Connections expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Sierra Nevada Connections’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

"We started working with Sierra Nevada Connections about a year ago and they have been wonderful to work with. Shauna walked us through the process of getting licensed and she was awesome to work with. She and all of the staff have been there whenever we need them and I've never felt like we were alone in this process. The whole team is great to work with."
Angela M.