About Missouri Girls Town
After six years of planning and
preparation, Girls Town was dedicated at its first Open House on October 20,
1959 in Mountain Grove, Missouri. In 1981, Girls Town relocated to its
current site on 23 acres near Kingdom City, Missouri. The new location
helped to provide better access to girls and families from across the state,
and provided room for growth. The campus was opened with one residential
cottage, called Hope House, and an administrative building. Since 1989 Girls
Town has quadrupled in size and now serves 56 clients at a time - nearly 100
over the course of each year. The campus is now home to four residential
cottages, two administrative buildings, a recreation center, dining hall and
school. Girls Town also began off-campus programs in 1990 to assist girls in
making the transition to independent life. Off-campus sites now include the
Auxvasse Transitional Group Home, scatter-site apartments, and a home for
family visits and crisis housing.
Girls Town has achieved far more
than just physical growth. Counseling and treatment programs have expanded
to fit the needs of today’s children, incorporating everything from
education and job-skill training to extensive recreational opportunities.
Every effort is made to prepare girls to reunite with their parent(s),
relatives, adoptive family or foster care when a viable family exists. If
clients do not have the option of returning to their community, Girls Town
focuses care and treatment on a successful transition to independent life
after high school. After-care and outpatient services have also been added
so that Girls Town can continue to provide assistance to girls who have left
its care. In all, Girls Town has developed a broad continuum of services
while remaining true to its mission to provide individualized, loving care
to each one of its residents.
Clients are referred to Missouri Girls
Town through the Missouri Division of Family Services, the Department of
Mental Health, or the juvenile courts. The typical client has already been
through nine failed placements before she comes to Girls Town which can have
included foster care, or other residential centers, hospitalization,
relatives, and failed adoptions.
Services available to Missouri Girls
Town residents include:
A residential program that is divided
into age-specific programs for each of the four houses.
Transitional and Independent Living Programs (A transitional group home and assistance in obtaining an apartment) designed for clients needing services tailored specifically to their transition from residential care to independent life.
Individualized treatment for every client including individual, group, and
A comprehensive recreation program coordinated by a
full-time recreational therapist.
Age-appropriate job training and
after-care preparation through on-campus jobs, off-campus employment, and
independent living skills courses.
After-care and outpatient services
that can include individual and family counseling, assistance with
independent living needs, crisis intervention or even emergency shelter.
Post-secondary education assistance for clients attending college.
Missouri Girls Town Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors
President: Ann Kutscher, Jefferson City
1st Vice President: Jo Johnson, Centralia
2nd Vice President: Kim Distefano, Town and Country
Recording Secretary: Dr. Susan Gettys
Corresponding Secretary: Fran Scallorns, California
Treasurer: Ruth Coffman-Clemens, Marshall
GFWC of MO President: Lisa Cook,
GFWC of MO Girls Town Chair: Carolyn Dye, Columbia
Isabelle McDonough Bram, Maysville
George Garner, Fulton
Dottie Getz, Lake Sherwood
Gayle Langan, Ste. Genevieve
Bill McClain, Wellsville
Tamara Miller, Kansas City
Joyce Raskin, Manchester
Lois Reine, Jefferson City
Gay Tarr, Raytown
Naomi White, Plattsburg
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