The caring staff at Missouri Girls Town provides a loving, family atmosphere for all the girls living in our community – something many of our clients never experience before coming to Girls Town. We offer these young ladies the tools to help them grow to adulthood, and teach them life skills that help prepare them to care for themselves and their own families one day.
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. Jenny Preiss assumed the role of Executive Director in 2017. Melissa Blumer, 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.
From the very beginning, Girls Town has concentrated on providing care and treatment for abused and neglected girls. By staying focused only on girls, we have been able to build a program of parenting and counseling that fits the needs of teenage girls traumatized by abuse and neglect.
When new clients arrive at Girls Town, they have typically been through nine failed placements which may have included foster care or other residential centers, hospitalization, relatives, and failed adoptions. These adolescent girls are between the ages of eight and twenty-one and are in need of a therapeutic, structured living environment that addresses emotional and behavioral disorders. Our clients are referred through the Missouri Division of Family Services, the Department of Mental Health, or the juvenile courts. 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.