Foster the Village provides free basic needs items such as clothing, shoes, baby gear, seasonal boots/coats, diapers, bedding and larger items such as car seats, cribs and high chairs. These supplies help ensure a smooth transition and a comfortable environment for children and the foster families that open their hearts and homes to them. Building a child’s self-esteem with new or like-new clothing and supplies helps them fit in with their peers and gain confidence during a vulnerable time.
We also serve as a resource for foster parents to share ideas, supplies, and make connections. Training is provided for foster parents related to drug/human trafficking, how to care for babies who are born codependent on their mother’s drug addiction, current drug trends, and trauma informed care. These monthly support groups and training sessions allow foster parents from ALL licensing agencies to gather together and collaborate. In addition, Foster the Village now provides social-emotional learning for children in out-of-home care who have experienced trauma.
In five years, more than 5,440 local children have been served thanks to in-kind and financial support from the community. What started out as an organization to fulfill basic needs, has evolved into a fun, safe, and caring environment for children in care.
"We are so grateful to Foster the Village. The boys love going and picking out clothes or a hat or slippers. Every item is so special because it's theirs. Most of all, they love the playroom! As a family, we are thankful for the support group and the chance to connect with other families." - Foster Parent
“I just wanted to write you a thank you. It is amazing that you started this business. I can’t thank you enough for everything I got. I love it all. Moving is always stressful, and every girl loves new clothes. This helps me so much.” - 17-year-old Foster the Village Client
“The support of Foster the Village is multilayered…it is much more than a place to go for tangible items. It is a community connection for foster children and families, a resource for support and encouragement, and an inviting place for children to feel like they belong and are loved by our community. It takes a village to raise a child, and Foster the Village is ours.” - Foster Parent & Social Worker