Safe spaces & Supplies
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 become a part of the dependency court system. On average 40-65 children per month enter care 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.) In addition to the backpacks, they are also able to receive the following supplies: a fresh change of clothing, snacks, hygiene kit, school supply kit, colorful pillowcase, handmade blanket, book, and a stuffed animal.
The Safe Space & Supplies program helps provide these children with basic items they can keep and allows them to carry some of their valuable personal possessions, with dignity, through difficult circumstances.
We rely on community donations of new items and dedicated volunteers to re-stock and tidy these rooms weekly. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for this or other Foundation volunteer opportunities, click here.