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

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