ARDMORE, Alabama – A local nonprofit organization is making a difference for young girls in the placement system by giving them a solid foundation and a place to call home.
The Kids to Love Foundation opened Davidson Farms in 2017, offering a place for young girls in foster care between the ages of 10 and 19. Kids to Love founder and CEO Lee Marshall said they serve foster girls so when they turn 20. years, they “grow old” and have to leave.
The Davidson Farms Cottage community is a new project under construction for aging girls.
Marshall said it was the first phase of a much larger project. One aimed to give girls a better future by living independently, while enjoying stability and support.
She told News 19 how this project is already helping an aging girl: “One of our young girls spent most of her life in foster care and when she was 19 in the fall, she started to panic because she knew when she was 20 she had to leave. And I told her we were going to have the cabins and now she’s gone from panic and worry to her whole Christmas list, which is what she is going to use to fill the cabin. His towels, his dishes.
Marshall wants all children in foster care to be able to expect this.
“I believe this will become a model, hopefully, that other communities serving foster children will come to us and say, how did you do that? How do we do this in our community? Marshall said.
The Kids to Love Foundation has reached over 275,000 foster children, fulfilling needs and giving hope.
Those interested in getting involved or wanting to help grow the Cottage community can find out more on the Kids to Love Foundation website.
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