Author Katie Mettner

Fostering Love Kits



Fostering Love is a simple program I started for foster children in my county. It's well known that many of these children are removed from their home for any number of reason, and because of that they often have few, if any, belongs with them. As these children move through the foster system their belongings are put in trash bags and moved from home to home. Fostering Love is a program to provide bags for the children who are pulled from their home with nothing of their own. I pack it all inside a duffel bag the child can use should they have to move from an emergency foster home to permanent one. No child in our country should feel unwanted and unloved, yet, so many do every hour of every day. The bag is a temporary solution to a long-term problem, but for the kids and the social workers who help them, often times they offer a bag of hope to a scared or sad child. Below are the lists of items I use to prepare the kits along with images of the items. These bags would be a fabulous project for churches, youth groups, school groups or families who want to make a difference! At the bottom of the page is a tag you can download (right click on image and click "save as" then print off and put it in a luggage tag attached to the bag, so the social worker can write the child's name on it. That's all there is to this project. 

I'll be adding images as I get each age kit done, but for now I only have images for the middle elementary grades.

*In my county the social worker told me that the elementary age and 2-5 age is their highest need. If you call ahead to your DHHS department and speak with a social worker in the foster care division they'll be able to tell you what is needed the most.*

Boy Age 6-10


 Image courtesy of Linda McMann

Color appropriate blanket (Dependent on the climate you live in)
(I crochet afghans for each child, but the blanket does not need to be homemade. You can purchase fleece blankets from the store or even make fleece tied blankets for the kit)

Small travel pillow

Pajamas 
(A man’s medium t-shirt works well)

Socks

Stuffed animal

Flashlight

Nightlight

Towel

Wash cloth

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

3 in 1 kid’s soap (White Rain at Walmart is shampoo/conditioner/body wash)

Deodorant

Books, coloring books and crayons, puzzle books, cars etc. Anything to keep them busy in the social worker’s office.

Duffel Bag (A thrift store is great place for bags just make sure the zippers work and are clean. Or pick up a few on clearance after back to school is done)


Girl Age 6-10




Image Courtesy of Linda McMann


Color appropriate blanket (Dependent on the climate you live in)
(I crochet afghans for each child, but the blanket does not need to be homemade. You can purchase fleece blankets from the store or even make fleece tied blankets for the kit)

Small travel pillow

Pajamas 
(A man’s medium t-shirt works well)

Socks

Stuffed animal

Flashlight

Nightlight

Towel

Wash cloth

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

3 in 1 kid’s soap 
(White Rain at Walmart is shampoo/conditioner/body wash)

Deodorant

Books, coloring books and crayons, puzzle books, cars etc. Anything to keep them busy in the social worker’s office.

Duffel Bag 
(A thrift store is great place for bags just make sure the zippers work and are clean. Or pick up a few on clearance after back to school is done)

Infant to 2 years








Image Courtesy of Linda McMann


Neutral blanket

Wash cloths

Towel

Hat

Socks

Large sleeper 
(big is better than small, at least if it’s too big, it’s still wearable)

Baby wipes

Diapers 2 and 3 
(Dollar store and Family Dollar sell 4 diaper packs for a dollar each. Get a few different sizes)

Lotion

Baby wash

Lotion

Bottle

Pacifier

Rattle or other small baby toys and books to keep baby occupied when in social worker’s office

Diaper Bag (Usually nice unused ones at the thrift shops) otherwise a small duffel bag would also work.

Teens
* After speaking to an intake social worker yesterday when I dropped off kits, she indicated that a gift card for teens to go pick up something that fits and they can wear is appreciated. A card to Walmart, Target etc for 10-20 dollars would get them something to wear for a few days. They would still appreciate the duffel bag, blankets and toiletries, but a gift card would be enough*


Kit purchased and donated by Emily Mettner


Color appropriate blanket (Dependent on the climate you live in)
(I crochet afghans for each child, but the blanket does not need to be homemade. You can purchase fleece blankets from the store or even make fleece tied blankets for the kit. Blanket should be longer for male teens instead of 60" make it 70")

Small travel pillow

Flashlight

Headphones

Towel

Wash cloth

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Feminine toiletries or male toiletries including shaving supplies

Deodorant

Large Duffel Bag



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