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Madison, Ala.  (WHNT) – It has been nearly eight months in the making, but the doors on the new Kids to Love Center in Madison are finally open.  The new facility on Castle Drive will give the kids they serve the option to gain job skills necessary to change their lives, including an advanced manufacturing program.  Kids to Love founder Lee Marshall says, “When foster kids phase out of the foster care system between 75 and 80 percent wind up homeless or in prison.”

In Alabama, a child can stay in foster are until they are 21 if they stay in an educational program.  The new center will give these kids that transitional opportunity.

“We know what’s happening by doing nothing, so what we’re going to be able to do is take that group of kids who need an educated skill set, a training, give them that training in three months, and then they can get jobs that start around 30 thousand dollars.” claims Marshall.