NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Thousands of children facing dangerous or unhealthy living conditions are removed from their homes in Louisiana and a huge U-Haul truck rolled into the city on Wednesday (Dec.30) to deliver immediate essentials for children taken into custody by state government.
K.C. Kilpatrick is the Founder and Executive director of Geaux 4 Kids.
“It is pajamas, toiletries, a backpack, a pillow, blanket, comfort items, food, water and most importantly sometimes is a note of encouragement from another child to the child that’s being rescued,” said Kilpatrick.
She said when children are removed from their homes, often they do not leave with much in the way of necessities.
“When kids are rescued, they’re just rescued right then and they’re coming with the clothes on their back and they have seconds to get things together,” said Kilpatrick.
She founded the non-profit after a heart-wrenching experience involving children rescued by the state and brought to her in the Shreveport area.
The two kids that arrived to me in protective custody of foster care ended up having a meth pipe in a Winn Dixie bag at 1 and 2 years old,” said Kilpatrick. “I got mad, I got hot mad.”
Anger was not Kilpatrick’s only response. She gave the children a permanent home.
“I did adopt them; they are my children now, but I started this from the back of my car in 2013 right after that experience because I knew, people told me you should do something about it. I said I will, help me, help me do something about it,” said Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick says during difficult times it is helpful to know someone cares.