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Kids to Love prides itself on its service to children in foster care. Everything we do, we do with the best interests of children in mind. 

In June, the Alabama Department of Human Resources performed an audit of our state-licensed Child Placing Agency and of Davidson Farms, our home for girls. That audit turned up zero deficiencies. That same month, we learned DHR had instructed all county offices to stop referrals to Kids to Love.  

In August, we learned that DHR also blocked our licensed foster homes in its state database, meaning social workers could not place children with any of our families who were waiting to welcome foster children into their homes. DHR did not notify us that our homes were in jeopardy, much less give us a reason. Kids to Love Founder and CEO Lee Marshall has asked repeatedly for meetings and discussions with DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner. Mrs. Buckner has refused to communicate. 

DHR’s actions against our organization and our foster homes are preventing us from serving Alabama’s foster children. Kids to Love had no other recourse but to pursue legal action, which resulted in a judge granting us a temporary restraining order against DHR to protect the children in our care from further trauma and displacement. 

We know children have slept in DHR offices instead of having a bed in a home. We receive calls every day asking for children to be placed in homes, and we have homes, but DHR sends them to group facilities that have documented histories of mistreatment and neglect.  

We think that is wrong, and we are fighting back. 

It is important to note that this challenge does not affect any other Kids to Love programs that serve children in foster care. Davidson Farms is still in operation, providing a loving and stable home and mental wellness support through our trauma therapy team. We still have children in our care who will receive all of the love and attention they deserve. We are still preparing to provide Christmas gifts for thousands of children. We still provide emergency clothing, toys and more for families when children come into care. We will continue to provide weekly food boxes to foster families. Our private school, KTECH, continues to prepare students for new career paths. Our scholarship program continues to fund college scholarships to help children in foster care break the cycle of poverty. 

We know we aren’t the only ones fighting this battle. If you have a story about DHR you would like to share, you can do so at alabamachildren.org. 

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