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 typically come in through the 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 they have 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 duffels to local case management organizations where children in foster care in the tri-county area can have something of their own. The Emergency Duffle 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.