Who operates Missouri Girls Town?2024-05-08T13:09:17-05:00

Missouri Girls Town Foundation, Inc., is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1953 by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Missouri.  The major affairs are managed according to our Articles of Incorporation and By-laws by a Board of Directors consisting of at least nine but no more than 19 non-compensated elected Directors. See the complete list of Officers and Board of Directors 

Key Staff

Jenny Preiss, M.ED
Executive Director

Melissa Blumer, LCSW, MSW
Program and Clinical Director

Meet our team!

What are the services provided?2022-08-15T23:18:09-05:00

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.

Where is Missouri Girls Town located?2022-08-15T23:18:33-05:00

Girls Town is situated on more than 23 beautiful acres in mid-Missouri.  It is located close to Interstate 70 at Exit 155 in Callaway County. Our location was chosen due to its central location. Our central location makes it easier to serve clients and their families from across the entire state.  Girls Town services are offered to young women from every county within Missouri.

When do clients come to Girls Town?2024-05-08T13:38:50-05:00

The majority of girls are referred to Girls Town through the Missouri Division of Social Service-Children’s Division, the Department of Mental Health, and the Juvenile Court System. Girls placed at Missouri Girls Town are given a chance to succeed in our caring, structured environment.  For more information on admissions, please see our page on admission and referral.

Why does Missouri Girls Town only focus on girls?2024-05-08T13:23:48-05:00

Missouri Girls Town has concentrated on providing care and treatment for abused and neglected girls since the very beginning.

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face with the most serious array of consequences (MO Kids Count). One in every four girls is sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

The reason is simple, by remaining focused, Missouri Girls Town has been able to build a program of parenting and counseling that fits the needs of teenage girls. As the only girls* only residential treatment facility in the state of Missouri, we continue to focus our programming around the unique needs of the youth in our care.

While several youth residents identify as transgender or nonbinary, Missouri Girls Town continues to only serve female clients. One way we respect our clients is by using their preferred name, pronouns, and other forms of gender expression and identity.

How is Girls Town financially supported?2024-05-08T13:06:13-05:00

Girls Town operates 365 days a year, providing round the clock individualized care. The cost of complete care — everything from room and board to counseling, education, recreation and transportation — is about $315 a day per child. The state of Missouri normally provides a fee for every child placed a Missouri Girls Town. However, that amount is only about one-half of the total cost of care. The remaining half 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.

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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