Meet our (kind of) newest team member

Even though Olivia Ngo is just starting her job at Kids to Love, she’s been a part of the organization more than half her life.

Olivia, who is Kids to Love’s new intake coordinator for its child placing agency, has been there from the beginning, when her father, Scott Butler, helped founder and CEO Lee Marshall get the nonprofit started in 2004.

Lee and Scott met on a plane ride from Washington, D.C., to Huntsville. Scott recognized Lee from church and the two struck up a conversation. They shared personal stories and as it turned out, Scott had all the know-how and resources to help Lee get Kids to Love off the ground.

Kids to Love was born, and when Scott was helping out or taking part in events, Olivia tagged along.

“Growing up, he took me to different Kids to Love events, like the scholarship luncheons, gift wrapping for Christmas, and school supply drives,” Olivia said. “Getting to see how tangibly Kids to Love made a difference in the lives of foster children truly inspired me and made a difference in my life.”

Scott passed away in 2019 after a battle with cancer. Lee had kept in touch with the Butler family and saw a place for Olivia, who had pursued a career in social work. Kids to Love was growing, and someone was needed to handle the hundreds of requests each year for child placement in foster homes.

“We needed an intake coordinator, and Olivia fit the bill with her education, experience and heart,” Lee said.

Olivia has a bachelor's degree in social work from Auburn University and her masters in elementary education from Liberty University.

“I’ve always known I wanted to help kids in need,” she said.

Now not only does she get to help, but also she gets to do it at the organization her father played a major role in starting. As intake coordinator, Olivia will help children in foster care begin the process of placement with a family through Kids to Love’s child placing agency or at Davidson Farms, Kids to Love’s home for girls.

“I have always dreamed of working for Kids to Love, and I am just so overjoyed and thankful to now have the opportunity,” Olivia said. “I know my dad must be so thrilled as well. I am so excited to see what God continues to have in store for Kids to Love and am so honored to be a part of it.”

Lee said she’s glad to add another person to team that has a real heart for helping children, something that sets Kids to Love apart.

“The fact she is Scott’s daughter and is honoring what he saw in the beginning is a beautiful full-circle moment,” she said.