Kim Larson ran away from her foster care home at age 16 and was pregnant by the age of 19. But that’s not where her story ends.
When obstacles get in Kim’s way, she moves them. While pregnant, 19-year-old Kim earned a GED. After she had her baby boy, she started college and studied social work. Next, she became a foster mom at age 24 and later adopted the little girl in her care.
Kim is a social worker and mother of two today. And she’s not done moving obstacles. It’s now Kim’s time to make way for the little girl who follows in her footsteps. Miley, once in foster care and now Kim’s adopted daughter, struggles with reactive attachment disorder due to early trauma.
Kim decided to send Miley for treatment here at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development, no matter what. Miley has been in our program for two months now and will most likely stay through the summer before returning home. “I made the determination that I will do whatever I have to do to fund this treatment,” said Kim.
Making Way for Miley
Kim has made a way for Miley with gusto. She started advocating for foster care, adoption, and her daughter, of course, on the Today show. Next, she started a Go Fund Me account. Later, Kim applied for matching donation funds through the Lend a Hand organization. “It was a shot-in-the-dark,” said Kim. She was delighted to hear that the program accepted her proposal. The program will give 100% of funds raised directly to Miley’s treatment and will match up to $5,000 on donations. The chili kick-off and silent auction dedicated just for Miley is Saturday, February 17. Kim was also featured recently on media outlets to highlight the event.
In typical Kim-fashion, this is the first time that the Lend a Hand organization has ever raised money for a mental or behavioral disorder. “A lot of people don’t understand mental illness and how these kids with trauma are so severely impacted,” said Kim. “While she might not have a disorder that will result in death, it’s an incapacitating illness. Thankfully, through the matching funds that Lend a Hand is able to provide, it’ll end in life and that’s amazing.” Amazing, indeed. Just like Miley and her mama.