Family Time has also affected Virginia personally. Seeing first hand the need in the community, she and her husband decided to become foster parents and adopted a brother and sister sibling group. Now, her family is expanding again as Virginia is pregnant with a daughter expected in February. Although this chapter closes in her life, Virginia is looking forward to what the future holds and cherishes the memories and lessons learned at Family Time.
Taking control of Family Time Visitation is Katherine May. Katherine grew up in Athens and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with her Masters of Social Work. Katherine has been working with children and families in the child welfare system for 10 years now. Her passion is helping strengthen families to ensure children are in safe, stable environments. She enjoys traveling and even lived in London for three years where she worked as a social worker and learned about diverse populations. Katherine also enjoys playing the piano and spending time with friends and family.
Shelby Turner has served as the program director for our SPARC program for the past year and a half. She leaves Children First and Athens to be closer to her family and fiancé. Shelby had worked with Children First prior to becoming the SPARC director as an intern for the Family Time program. Under her tenure as director, the SPARC service has seen a 30% increase in clients, including an increase in supervised visits and parenting sessions. We are sad to see her go, but happy that she will be closer to her family and fiancé. We wish the best of luck as she steps into the next stages of her life!
Taking over for Shelby as SPARC program director is another Turner, Rob Turner. We are so happy to have Rob working with us again. While he was still attending the University of Georgia, he interned with our Family Time Program. After his graduation from the UGA with a Bachelor in Social Work, he worked for the Clark County Municipal government working with Child Protection Services within DFCS. Rob is a big fan of music, especially when he can listen on his vinyl records. He also loves his sports and always cheers on the Dawgs and chops for the Braves.