‘Housewives’ star launches program for DC girls

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Real Housewives of D.C. star Stacie Turner is going beyond her business and her turn as a TV personality to help girls in the D.C. foster care system.

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Real Housewives of D.C." star Stacie Turner is going beyond her business and her turn as a TV personality to help girls in the D.C. foster care system. Turner created an organization called Extra-Ordinary Life last year to reach out to D.C. girls. Turner was put up for adoption as an infant but was taken in before her first birthday. After raising tens of thousands of dollars, Turner’s group took eight teenagers to South Africa this summer for an 11-day trip. They were able to visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, go on a safari and have dinner with girls in South Africa’s child-welfare system. Several girls said it made them thankful for what they have. One said she may try to reconcile with her mom. The experience was filmed for a new BET documentary. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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