Teens Inspire Others

Inspire (verb): 1. to breathe in  2. to motivate or encourage In June, a youth group from Covenant Presbyterian of Wichita, Kansas visited the Transitional Living program in Columbia, Missouri. The high school students spent two hours talking about the agency’s mission, how to prevent child abuse and how to help children who have been traumatized. What (Read More…)

Hidden Figures

You may have seen or heard about Hidden Figures, the movie. A hidden figure in Missouri’s history is Margaret Leggat Butler. As a wealthy widow, Mrs. Butler funded the orphanage that became the Farmington Children’s Home. She was not a mother, but she provided a home for children who were orphaned or abandoned. At one time there (Read More…)

Girls Foster Rescue Dogs

The girls at Ashley House are giving Truman another chance. Truman is a rescue dog, a golden collie mix, living at the Transitional Living home in Springfield. In a project called Foster to Forever, the 10 teenagers nurture a dog that has been neglected or abandoned, and prepare it for adoption. According to Alisa Griffiths, site (Read More…)

Managing Medicine for Foster Kids

Shania has a food allergy that affects her school performance, but it has not been diagnosed. Dante needs glasses, but nobody knows that. Both children are in the foster care system and, unfortunately, have fallen behind in their medical check-ups. When Dante moved in with his foster family, he changed schools, and missed a routine (Read More…)

Teen Finds Forever Home

Reggie was four years old when the police removed him from his birth family. Because his mother was mentally ill and physically abusive, and his father was using drugs, Reggie entered the foster care system. For five years, as he moved between foster homes, he showed signs of developmental delays and a learning disability. He  was (Read More…)

Finding Hope at 19

 For most of her childhood, Lena wanted to die. As the eldest child in her family, she received the brunt of emotional and physical abuse from her mother. “The older I got,” Lena explains, “the meaner my mother got. She was aggressive towards me both physically and mentally. Then when I was 13, she stood by (Read More…)

A Happy Home for Six Siblings

Not long ago, our Foster Care Case Management team was given the tremendous task of managing foster care for six brothers and sisters ranging in age from 3 – 12 years old. The children were no strangers to abuse and neglect after growing up in a family riddled with domestic abuse, a history of violence, (Read More…)