Imagine you are a young child going through the uncertainty and trauma of being removed from your home with only a few of your precious belongings stuffed in a garbage sack. Imagine the fear, anger and sadness that would accompany you.
The Fostering Love Kit
Offers hope and love to a foster child coming into the system in the form of a duffel bag full of comfort and necessity items tailored to their gender and age. These bags are meant to go with the child on the next step(s) of their journey in the Foster Care system.
(Originally developed by Katie Mettner from Rice Lake, Wisconsin for foster care children in her county.)
The Fostering Love Kit for youth ages 3-11
This kit contains a soft blanket and small pillow to wrap up in, a stuffed animal to hug, a coloring book and toy for distraction, a snack for an empty tummy, and a night light and flashlight to keep the dark away. Toiletries included are a washcloth and towel, toothbrush and toothpaste, and a brush and comb. A large T-shirt and socks are added for temporary sleep ware.
The Fostering Love Kit for infants – 2 years
This kit is contained in a diaper bag with items necessary for the first several days such as a sleeper, blanket, hat, baby wipes, diapers, baby wash and lotion, a bottle, pacifier, and a small baby toy.
This will be an ongoing project to help the children moving into foster care in Columbia County. Fostering Love Kits would also be a great project for a church, youth group, Senior project, school group or families who want to make a difference.