Comfort bags are for children who are placed into out-of-home care or into care in a relatives’ home when their birth families are unable to safely care for them. At this difficult time of transition, children are often unable to bring any basic personal or comfort items with them. A comfort bag gives a child who is being placed into a stranger’s home basic hygiene items, clothing and a comfort item such as a stuffed animal.
Diaper bags are given to birth parents of kids ages 0-5 when they enter foster care and allows the birth parent some resources to bring on visits with their children. Please provide items in new or gently used diaper bags that are clean. Diaper wipes, a book, a cuddle item like a stuffy or a blanket and a non-perishable snack. We receive these on a rolling basis so when your group is available to donate we would gladly accept.
Backpacks for older youth are similar to the diaper bags but in backpacks for older children and teens. Socks, a flashlight, a non-perishable snack and an activity item (book, fidget spinner, colored pencils and art paper, etc.), school supplies would be a nice addition if possible.
Holiday Gift drive to provide at least one nice gift for each child in foster care. Annually we host a holiday party for all foster families in each county. If you would like to donate gifts for this event and ask children to shop for kids their own age that would be wonderful!
In response to this need, a comfort bag ministry was launched in Whatcom County and age/gender specific bags began being distributed through the Bellingham’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families office. This work gradually captured the attention of others who were looking for ways to supporting foster children. As a result, we have seen the Comfort Bag project spreading as additional Department of Children, Youth, and Families offices have been “adopted” by groups in their community.
Fostering Together is recruiting groups willing to partner with us in order to meet our goal to have bags available to give to children at the time of their first placement in each office. This is a wonderful opportunity for a church or community group to help make a tangible difference in the life of foster child. While having something to cuddle may not remove all of the pain a child experiences, it can help to make the transition into a new home easier.
*Note that these are Fostering Together Labels. Feel free to modify the labels with your own logo/information.
Washington State DCYF Offices
This Map shows all of Washington State’s DCYF Offices and the groups who are providing Comfort Bags to them. Please consider partnering with us in order to meet our goal of having every office “adopted” by at least one group.
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