BOARD OF DIRECTORS
K.C. Kilpatrick, Executive Director
Logan Schroeder, President
Ashley Atkins, Treasurer
Geaux 4 Kids, Inc. is an advocate for children in foster care and provides support for their well-being through various projects, programs, and collaborations. Founder K.C. Kilpatrick began the organization as an independent, grassroots effort after becoming a foster parent in 2013 and discovering exactly how stressful the initial 2448 hours of receiving children into foster care were, and how impossible it was to adequately prepare. She began purchasing supplies at her own expense and distributing supplies to foster children out of the trunk of her car.
The organization was formalized in 2015: Geaux 4 Kids, Inc. was registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and organization’s flagship program Geaux Bags was approved as a registered trademark. Geaux 4 Kids operated for the first five years solely on volunteers and donations, most in the form of in-kind materials and supplies. Geaux 4 Kids In 2019, the organization created its first paid Executive Director position to coordinate projects, donations, volunteers, board activities and advocacy work. KC Kilpatrick now serves as the Executive Director.
THE STORY BEHIND HOW IT BEGAN
It all started when 2 children came to KC with only the clothes on their back and a meth pipe in a Winn-Dixie bag.
Here is the complicated simple truth: Two siblings, age 1 and 2, were rescued by calls to 1-888-LA Help U/ 1-855-4LA-KIDS, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), by several concerned family members of the very people incapable of caring for their biological children. At such young ages, these children had already experienced the worst life has to offer: abuse, neglect, and the destructive cycle of addiction.
They were delivered to KC at her Certified “foster to adopt” house by a well-meaning yet exhausted, underpaid “too many caseloads” DCFS worker who was a mother herself. It was an emergency situation and there was no time to prepare. The children arrived with only the clothes on their back, along with dirty pajamas, only one diaper, and a meth pipe in a Winn-Dixie bag.
After getting mad at the situation and gaining awareness of the state in which foster children are rescued, she realized that doing nothing was not an option. She and others who wanted to help the children in a direct impactful way determined to provide help during that awful first night and Geaux Bags was born into existence. Through Geaux Bags, children receive a bag full of basic necessities and comfort items during that emergency transition.
Geaux 4 Kids, Inc. believes all children deserve dignity and hope for their future when they enter foster care through no fault of their own.
Founder and Executive Director
K.C. Kilpatrick has spent most of her career in non-profit administration, marketing, donor relations, resource development and fundraising, and as a volunteer for several organizations. A Shreveport native, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Human Service Administration degree from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. She is also a Certified Non-Profit Professional, Certified in Volunteer Administration, and a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (pending).
After college, K.C. began her career helping homeless women in London for the Church Army’s Marylebone. She returned to Shreveport as a Workforce Development Officer for the State of Louisiana Department of Labor and later trained individuals with physical and mental disorders for job placement as a Program Coordinator for Red River Employment Services. K.C. also worked in the private sector for Sam’s Hotel and Casino as Manager of Community Relations and Sales, serving society, military, educational, religious and fraternal accounts.
As the Director for Volunteer Resource of Providence House, K.C. assisted in a $3.5 million capital campaign and supervised the director of the child care center. She brought in funding for a five-state region for the Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries Foundation as Supervisor of Grant Development. As the Director of Development for the Salvation Army, K.C. helped the organization move from being in the red to securing over $20 million for operations in six years.
She served three years as an Adjunct Professor teaching Master Level courses on gift solicitation for LSU-Shreveport. For the past five years, she has served as Social Media Manager for KTBS-Channel 3, managing editorial content and campaigns and communicating the station’s brand.
Geaux 4 Kids and Project Geaux Bags is more than a philanthropy to K.C.; it’s personal. Her two children, Hallie-Stella and Jayden came to her through the foster care system. She experienced firsthand the trauma and tragedy children face when first taken into protective custody.
K.C. lives with her husband, Kyle Baird, their two children, and their beagle, Belle, in Shreveport.