NEXT STEPS: WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
SOME SUGGESTIONS FROM SOCIAL WORKERS
FOR BABIES IN FOSTER CARE: Diaper bags, diapers, bottles, formula, baby food, ointment, wipes, a blanket, PJ’s, blanket sleeper; 2 outfits, onesies, socks, baby shampoo, towel and washcloth, (gently used equipment like cribs, highchairs, learning toys, books).
FOR WEEKLY VISITS OF FOSTER KIDS WITH BIOLOGICAL PARENTS: Art supplies and safe games that can be used by families during parenting weekly visits at the agencies. Crayons, coloring books, easy to read books, Yatzee, blocks for young children, etc.
CARE PACKAGES FOR AGING OUT YOUTH: Healthy snacks, candy, canned fruit (opened with flip top), hand sanitizer, wash cloths and towels, body wash, soap, shampoo, deodorant, disposable razors; toothbrush and toothpaste, Tissues, zip lock bags, paper towels; plastic cutlery and paper plates, detergent; softener sheets, pens and paper (lined and blank for computer printer—for those in college), feminine products, socks, Inspirational books, CD’s and DVDs
PROM DRESSES AND ACCESSORIES:
For young women: Prom Dresses (sizes 0 to Plus sizes); Jewelry: Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Tiaras; Purses; Shoes ; Women’s Underwear, Strapless, etc, bras (all sizes): Nylons and tights; Nail Polish, Perfume, Make Up, Lotion
For young men: Suits; shoes: Men’s; Ties, Belts; Dress shirts; Undershirts
For both: Trial Size Deodorant, Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste; Hair Accessories and Products for all ethic groups
FOR FOSTER FAMILIES: Safety products involved in keeping children safe in foster homes such as smoke detectors, plug covers, and carbon monoxide monitors; Basic paper goods such as paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, hand soaps; Cleaning products.
FOR FOSTER KIDS GOING TO CAMP: Beach towel, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, flip flops, PJ’s, t-shirts and shorts, socks, bug wipes, sleeping bag, duffle bag
These are only suggestions. It’s best to partner with a local agency to determine current needs and to arrange for distribution. Items can also be dropped off to Rev. Kate Thoresen, FCC coordinator, at First Presbyterian Church, 1669 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI, 48009. These will be distributed through the agencies participating in the Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care. If preferred, checks to help cover emergency needs can be made out to FCC and sent to the above address.
DONATION DRIVES ARE GREAT WAYS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND INVITE INVOLVEMENT FROM AN ENTIRE CONGREGATION OR ORGANIZATION.