Foster children are placed in care as wards of the state due to abuse and neglect. Due to no fault of their own, these children come in through the dependency court system. On average 40-65 children per month enter the system in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Too often, foster children are shifted from one placement to another and find themselves having to put their clothing and belongings in garbage bags as they prepare to move. Unfortunately, the message these children often get is that they are disposable.
The Foundation for Foster Children provides emergency backpacks and duffels to child protective investigative centers. This ensures that foster children in the tri-county area can have something of their own, immediately when they enter care. (Luggage is also given as needed.)
The Safe Space & Supplies program helps provide these children with basic items they can keep and to carry some of their valuable personal possessions, with dignity, through difficult circumstances.