Lisa Matthews, a native of Dallas, formed Kid Net Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency, in May of 1991 to provide housing and specialized services to needy children with an emphasis on under-served and “at-risk” populations.
Lisa spent the next three years conducting research on children’s services in Dallas County, purchasing and refurbishing a facility and obtaining licenses from the State of Texas.
On September 10, 1994, Jonathan’s Place opened as the first licensed foster group home in the State of Texas to focus on specialized services for children 11 years of age and younger, including newborns. In the fall of 1999, the license for Jonathan’s Place changed to an emergency shelter.
Who is Jonathan?
Meet Jonathan. Yes, the Jonathan of Jonathan’s Place. He was the first baby fostered by Lisa Matthews (pictured to the right) and serves as the inspiration to help North Texas’ abused, abandoned and neglected children.
Today, Jonathan is all grown up, in college and has the world in front of him. We’ll stop ourselves before we get too sentimental. Just know there are thousand of children like him in Texas – and that’s why we keep going.
Your support gives us the ability to help children everyday – like Jonathan.
A New Future for Children
Because we were turning away children in need due to lack of bed space, we began an aggressive expansion project in October of 2002.
In the fall of 2003, we opened the doors to two new cottages – The Mike Modano Cottage and the T. Boone Pickens Cottage – in Northeast Dallas County.
In February 2006, the license for Jonathan’s Place was amended once again, and we now provide emergency residential care for children in crisis, newborn through 17-years-old, for up to three months, depending on the age and circumstances of each child.
In August 2006, we were granted a license by the State of Texas and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to serve as a Child Placing Agency. With this license, we recruit, train and certify foster families and place children from Child Protective Services with these families. In October 2007, we added an adoption license to our Foster Family Program, allowing the facilitation of adoptions.
In May 2008, we began construction on the final two phases of our expansion project, with construction being essentially complete in August 2009. We now have the T. Boone Pickens Children’s Services Center, The Rees-Jones Foundation Lodge, The Meadows Foundation Cottage and The Hillcrest Foundation Donation Center on our campus with the T. Boone Pickens Cottage and the Mike Modano Cottage.
In August 2010, we were granted a license by the State of Texas and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to operate a Girls Treatment Program for girls age 10 – 17 that require a higher level of therapeutic care.