Daily Update August 14, 2019

DFCS selects Family First Program Director, Shelby Zimmer

Shelby Zimmer has been selected to serve as the Family First Program Director for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. As Family First Program Director, she is responsible for all aspects of the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act, including program development and coordinating system change efforts with other child and family serving organizations. In this role, she will partner with and support state organizations by building capacity to implement the FFPSA for the state

Shelby previously managed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Basic State Grant, the Children’s Justice Act Grant and worked closely with DFCS Field Operations and CAPTA Citizen Review Panels to ensure agency compliance with CAPTA in all program areas. Prior to joining the Division, Shelby worked at Georgia State University’s Professional Excellence Program as a Project Coordinator for the Child Welfare Training Collaborative, leading outreach and implementation efforts for a statewide training initiative. She also has experience as a foster care case manager with Fulton County DFCS and as an Associate with the Center for the Support of Families, working with multiple child welfare jurisdictions on program and system improvement projects. 

Shelby earned her Bachelor of Arts from Agnes Scott College and her Master of Social Work from Georgia State University.


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