When children enter the foster care system, they frequently arrive at their new foster home with nothing. If they have been allowed to bring along some items, often they have been shoved hastily into a trash bag. We think kids going through such a traumatic time deserve better.
A Hope Pack is a backpack, duffel bag or diaper bag filled with comfort items and essentials intended to help ease the transition for children who are entering a new foster home. Our goal is to offer items that a child entering foster care would either need or could find comfort in during those first 24 to 48 hours in care — you would be amazed what a fresh pair of jammies and a soft teddy bear can do for a child in crisis. Hope Packs also allow foster parents to focus solely on a child in those first crucial hours and days instead of rushing out to the store.
Hope Packs from our first drive in June are currently being distributed through foster care agencies all over Austin. If you’re thinking about making a Hope Pack, we hope you will. Please browse our supply lists to see the items needed to construct a pack.
Or, if you’re short on time, click on the Amazon Wish List links embedded with each supply list and order everything in one convenient spot. Can’t construct a whole pack? We also have an Amazon list of our most needed items.
For under $100 and less than two minutes of your time, you can create a Hope Pack and make a huge difference in a child’s life.