Abbott House hopes to raise $3 million for foster kids

RAPID CITY, S.D. – On Wednesday night, Abbott House kicked off its campaign at the Rushmore Hotel.

The Abbott House is committed to helping kids in the foster care system and those who are aging out. The organization is working on raising $3 million for the kids and young adults in the community. 

The money will go towards building 2 new foster homes that also include independent living areas in Rapid City. One foster parent at the campaign was diagnosed with uterine cancer and needed a hysterectomy. She was left unable to have biological children.

“We just decided that we felt fostering was the way to go for us because we could help a lot more children than just helping one child of our own,” said Christina Padgett, the parent.

Within two years she and her husband have fostered 14 kids. Many people who consider fostering are nervous and don’t know what to expect. Padgett has this advice:

“You have to be there for the kids. This isn’t something that you can choose that is all about you, it has to be all about them or you will struggle. You have to have a lot of love and a lot of patience because it’s, it’s not always going to be easy but it will be worth it every day.”

The Abbot house has changed the direction of many lives and hopes to continue to flourish.

“We’ve seen so many kids that have continued to have a connection. Not only with our foster families but also with some of the community mentors or connectors that we set up with them and it’s life long connections. it’s people they can call when they have those issues,” said Abbott House director Eric Klooz.

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