Missouri Girls Town Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Table of Contents
1. Who Operates Missouri Girls Town?
2. What are the services provided?
3. Where is Girls Town located?
4. When do clients come to Girls Town?
5. Why does Missouri Girls Town only focus on girls?
6. How is Girls Town financially supported?

Who operates Missouri Girls Town?   Missouri Girls Town Foundation, Inc.  is a private 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1953 by the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Missouri, an organization of more than 4,000 women still generously supporting Girls Town. Kathy Becker assumed the role of Executive Director in 2007. Kathleen McKay, LCSW, MSW, is our director of clinical services. Missouri Girls Town is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families as well as the Missouri Coalition of Children's Agencies. Back to Top

What are the services provided? Girls Town provides a continuum of care that ranges from outpatient assessment and counseling for family and children to a residential system that provides year-round care for children of preadolescent ages through high school graduates. Back to Top

Where is Missouri Girls Town located? Girls Town is situated on 20 beautiful acres in mid-Missouri. It is located close to Interstate 70 at Exit 155 in Callaway County. Our location was chosen to place us more centrally in the state, making it easier to serve our clients and their families from across the entire state. In fact, Girls Town has cared for young women from nearly every county in Missouri. Prior to 1981, Girls Town was located in Mountain Grove in south central Missouri. Back to Top

When do clients come to Girls Town? The majority of girls are referred to Girls Town through the Missouri Division of Family Services, the Department of Mental Health, and the juvenile courts. They come to Girls Town only after visiting the campus and going through a pre-placement interview with our admissions coordinator. Every effort is made to place young women at Missouri Girls Town who will have an excellent chance to succeed in our caring, structured environment. For more information on admissions, please see our page on admission and referral. Back to Top

Why does Missouri Girls Town only focus on girls? From the very beginning, Girls Town has concentrated on providing care and treatment for abused and neglected girls. The reason is simple. By staying focused, Girls Town has been able to build a program of parenting and counseling that fits the needs of teenage girls traumatized by abuse and neglect. Back to Top

How is Girls Town financially supported? Girls Town operates at or near capacity 365 days a year, providing nearly 400,000 hours of individualized care annually. The cost of complete care -- everything from room and board to counseling, education, recreation and transportation -- is about $115 a day per child. The state of Missouri provides a fee for every child placed a Missouri Girls Town. However, that amount is only two-thirds of the total cost of care. One-third of our annual budget must come from other sources -- including private supporters who share our goal of helping abused and neglected girls rebuild their lives. For more information on contributing to Girls Town, please see our page on charitable giving. Back to Top

If you have any other questions regarding the mission of operation of Missouri Girls Town, please email us so that we may address them directly.

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