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Hillside hideaway

"Hillside hideaway" Continued...

Issue: "How Mark Souder fell," June 19, 2010

In 2006 she found the ranch and got her younger brothers accepted. Three months later she followed them and pieced her life together again: "It was the best thing that ever happened to me academically. School went from being something I didn't understand and didn't want to do, to something I could advance at."

Currently studying nursing, Adams knows where she would be if she hadn't found the ranch: "I would be dropped out of school, struggling to provide for my brothers. Or they might be in foster homes, and I would be separated from them forever." Now Adams can pursue her studies, knowing that her family is intact and in responsible hands: "The ranch really showed me what a family should look like. They really showed me how a family is supposed to love always."
Click here to listen to WORLD editor in chief Marvin Olasky discuss with Alisa Harris the South regional finalists.
To view a video profile of Wears Valley Ranch and of each of the other 2010 regional finalists and to read profiles of finalists and winners from 2006 through 2009, visit WORLDmag.com/compassion.

Wears Valley Ranch Factbox

Location: Sevierville, Tenn.

Founded: 1991

Mission: Residence and school for children from abusive or otherwise troubled families.

Size: 16 students, 32 staff members, 130+ graduates

Annual Budget: $1,500,000 per year

website: www.wvr.org

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