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LAS VEGAS -- A transitional home that houses women and their children is fighting to stay open as it deals with dwindling funds.

The non-profit is called All About Kidz and it helps women who have drug issues and are in danger of losing their children to foster care. The agency gives the women and their children a place to call home while they get the treatment they need.

One young mother staying in the home says her downward spiral into drugs started when she was a newborn.

"I was heroin addicted when I was born. I ended up in foster care when I was 8 and adopted when I was 10," Jessica Marks said.

Marks was abandoned by her mother for drugs and she repeated the cycle when she gave birth as a teenager.

"At the age of 16, I started using drugs and prostituting. I was very much out there," Marks said.

Now, two decades later, she is clean from drugs and making a new life with her new 6-month-old daughter Kora. She shares the transitional home with nine other women and most of them have children

"We bring the kids in, we unify the mother, we watch them, we give them parenting skills, job skills, and we have people come in here with 12 step meetings," said 

LAS VEGAS -- A transitional home that houses women and their children is fighting to stay open as it deals with dwindling funds.

The non-profit is called All About Kidz and it helps women who have drug issues and are in danger of losing their children to foster care. The agency gives the women and their children a place to call home while they get the treatment they need.

One young mother staying in the home says her downward spiral into drugs started when she was a newborn.

"I was heroin addicted when I was born. I ended up in foster care when I was 8 and adopted when I was 10," Jessica Marks said.

Marks was abandoned by her mother for drugs and she repeated the cycle when she gave birth as a teenager.

"At the age of 16, I started using drugs and prostituting. I was very much out there," Marks said.

Now, two decades later, she is clean from drugs and making a new life with her new 6-month-old daughter Kora. She shares the transitional home with nine other women and their children.

All About Kidz founder Marina Rit-Bloom says the home offers a safe place for the women and their children and support. "We give them parenting and job skills. We have people come in here with 12 step meetings."

Rit-Bloom is a mom and social worker who was inspired to start the home after learning about the psychological disorder called reactive attachment. This occurs when babies do not form a loving bond at an early age. The women in the home would likely be forced to put their children in foster care if it were not from the program. Rit-Bloom believes keeping the mother and child together is a win-win situation.

"I'm just worried if we don't get funding, if we don't get our grants, I don't know how we're going to stay open," Rit-Bloom said.

All About Kidz needs $10,000 by the end of April to stay open. Click here for more information on All About Kidz.

 

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