Here is a sample of some of the ongoing needs for our Safe Rooms as well as for children in care:
Pack and plays, crib sheets, diapers, diaper bags, baby clothes, socks, shoes, coats, formula (all brands), baby food, walkers, baby shampoo, bottles. SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN
Backpacks, school supplies, school uniforms, personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner) brush, comb, lip balm, body lotion, coloring books, crayons, art supplies, socks, underwear, shoes, coats, jeans, clothes, pajamas, movie tickets, and event tickets.
CHILDREN OF ALL AGES WAITING ON PLACEMENTS
Children sometimes wait for hours for a foster home placement. Unless they are waiting in one of our Safe Rooms, they are waiting in one of the DCS offices and are always scared and anxious. Some appropriate items for these children would be: underwear, diapers, wipes, stickers, sticker books, coloring books, crayons, $10.00 gift cards for fast food (Subway, Wendy’s, Chic-Fil-A, McDonald’s, KFC, Sonic, Popeye’s), and snacks (Goldfish, cookies, pretzels, apple juice, water, fruit).
EXTENSION OF FOSTER CARE YOUTH
A voluntary program for young adults ages 18-21 who are no longer in DCS custody, but are actively pursuing an education goal. Since many are not connected to a family, youth may choose to voluntarily remain in foster care. They must stay in school (high school, college, or technical school) in order to remain in the Extension of Foster Care program. Many are living on their own without the benefit of furniture and items that most young adults usually receive from their family. They need: sheets, comforter sets, small rugs, towels, blankets, TV’s, small appliances, laptops (gently used is fine), rolling backpacks, notebooks, pens, stamps, stationary, note cards, household supplies (paper towels, cleaning supplies, toilet paper), used furniture in good condition, lamps, desks, microwaves, washer and dryers, and almost anything that one needs to set up housekeeping for the first time. Many of the youth need mentors to guide them, as they become adults.