Abbott was honored this year by the Fred Jefferson Foster Care Agency. Her own daughter was by her side, as was foster daughter Ashley Williams.
Williams still considers Abbott's home her home and wanted to see "Mrs. D" receive her honor.
Abbott takes pride in the type of girls she takes in. "I take the troubled girls" she says. "I take the runaways, I take the prostitutes. I've walked under the 105(freeway) looking for my girls. I've went in gang infested areas."
Why such a challenge? "Because they are so misunderstood, why they do the things they do." By her own account, Ashley was an angry child. By the time she was placed with Abbott she says she'd already been in 36 foster homes.
Abbott has albums and albums of the girls she's fostered. The walls of her South LA home are lined with framed photographs. She cares for six girls at a time and to this day is still a foster parent.
Abbott had three of her own children, two are deceased. She's been widowed twice. She worked for Union Bank for much of her life before retiring and becoming a foster parent.
She considers her home "a safe haven."
In April, Abbott was also treated to a day of pampering by SmartBoyPR. Later this month she is a guest at a luncheon by L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas.
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