Supplies, Services & Wishes

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Did you know that children in foster care most often travel with trash bags from home to home? Did you know that research called the MARC (Minimum Adequate Rate for Children) Study, which was completed by Children’s Rights in collaboration with the Ruth H. Young Center (RYC) for Families and Children at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA), showed that:

“On average, across the U.S., current foster care rates must be raised by 36 percent in order to reach the Foster Care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children (the “Foster Care MARC”) calculated through this project. In some states, rates are less than half of what it actually costs to care for a child in foster care.”

I’m working to compile the following list of local and national organizations providing backpacks, bags, luggage, clothing, supplies/equipment, and services (like tutoring) or wishes (such as trips, camps, lessons, scholarships, etc.) to foster children or caregivers. Have one to add? Let me know, and I’ll get it on our list!

OrganizationStateSupply or Service
It's My Very OwnInternational: United States, Canada, AustraliaHandmade bag filled with handmade quilt, stuffed animal, toys, and personal care items
My Stuff Bags FoundationNationalDuffel bags (filled)
One Simple Wish – Carry On InitiativeNationalLuggage
The Forgotten Initiative – Journey BagsNationalDuffel bags (filled)
Together We RiseNationalDuffel bags (filled)
Bags4kidsCaliforniaBackpacks, duffel bags, totes, or diaper bags (filled)
Case for KidsCaliforniaPersonalized case (filled)
Foster Kids MatterCalifornia (Lassen, Modoc, Plumas & Sierra Counties)Duffel bags, hygiene products
Hope in a SuitcaseCalifornia (Greater Los Angeles Area)Personalized suitcase with basic essentials
Donate 4 KidzFlorida (southwest)Bag (filled)
Duffels4Kids Florida (Jacksonville)Duffel bags
Greater Tampa Association of Realtors “B” BagsFlorida (Tampa area)Backpacks, soft-sided suitcases, duffel bags and carry-ons
Adventure Bags, Inc.GeorgiaBackpack (filled)
Stuff a DuffelIdahoDuffel bag (filled)
Bundles of Hope, LLCKansas (Bourban County)Foster Care Emergency Placement Bundle: backpacks (filled); Investigator Car Bundles; Age-Out Bundle
Bags of Hope-New EnglandMassachusetts Duffel bag (filled and embroidered with name)
Foster Closet of MichiganMichiganClothing; equipment; furniture
Kids Belong (Muskegon Co.)MichiganClothing closet; support group; equipment to borrow
Rick Rack MinistryMichigan (Zeeland)Clothing closet
Bundles of Hope, LLCMissouri (Barry, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton & Stone Counties)Foster Care Emergency Placement Bundle: backpacks (filled); Investigator Car Bundles; Age-Out Bundle
Columbia Adoption ProjectMissouriBackpack (filled)
All Kids in Care/Missouri Pay It Forward Missouri (Columbia)Supplies
Angel Wings Clothing Closet (MO)MissouriClothing closet
Duffels 4 DignityNebraskaDuffel bags (Service of Nebraska Family Collaborative which provides many other family supports)
Foster Kids Unite, Inc.New YorkSupplies, gift cards, mentoring, and more for youth aging out
Cases of LoveOhioBackpacks, duffel bags, suitcases and personal items
Bundles of Hope, LLCOklahoma (Ottowa County)Foster Care Emergency Placement Bundle: backpacks (filled); Investigator Car Bundles; Age-Out Bundle
Luggage with LoveOklahomaClothing and supplies
Bags of Hope-New EnglandRhode IslandDuffel bag (filled and embroidered with name)
Welcome Bags for Foster KidsSouth Carolina (Greenville)Welcome bags
Fostering Hope TNTennessee (Knoxville area)Backpacks (filled)
Karry 4 KidsTennessee (Anderson Co.)Bags
Harmony Family CenterTennessee (Eastern)Support groups; post adopt services (respite, counseling); adoption; family camp; equine therapy
Matthew 19:14 MinistriesTennessee (Knox County Area)Clothing, furniture, equipment, supplies
Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Care Association, Inc.TennesseeSupport groups; scholarships
Project Care CaseTexasSuitcase (filled)
Threads for TeensTexas (San Antonio)Clothing for teen girls
Bags of Hope FoundationVirginiaBackpacks
Fostering Together Backpack DriveWashingtonBackpacks
Luggage of LoveWashington (Kalama)Duffel bag or luggage with comfort items
TreehouseWashington (Seattle)Academic support (tutoring, college funding & more); clothing, toys, supplies; little wishes (free tickets, lessons, trips, camp, school fees, and more)
MOST - My Own Special ToteWisconsin (Sheboygan Co.; Contact Ashley Denee Godbee on Facebook)Totes

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