First girls foster care ranch in Texas coming to Grayson County

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) -- A woman in Grayson County is building a unique form of foster homes for displaced girls ages 12-17 in Texas.

Susie Black Holamon grew up in the Dallas foster care system, and ever since, she has been an advocate for girls in 19 Texas counties.

She calls it the Geary Girls Ranch, which will be built about eight miles south of Southmayd on Martinek Rd.

"We wanna create an environment that's loving and faith based," said Maggie Aune, a board member.

Aune donated 11 acres to build four cottages. Each one will be home to up to six girls and a mother.

"They'll be with us six months minimum and until they graduate high school if they need it," Holamon said.

Holamon said it's not a treatment center, but simply a Christian-based home environment where girls are counseled, educated and loved.

"Everyone I've talked to is amazed at what we can do for the girls," Aune said. "And the opportunities they have to grow and be loving adults."

The ranch is funded by donations. The girls go through an interview process before moving in.

"It's a passion of mine. I'm really excited," Holamon said.

Construction will begin in March and they hope to have the first cottage full of girls by September.

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