Provide comfort to children in Foster Care
There are over 65,000 children in foster care in the UK on any given day. Most of them are removed from their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs. If they do have any personal belongings, they often don’t have a bag in which to carry them. More than 100 children will be entering the care system today carrying their belongings in bin bags or a plastic carrier bag, and
1 in 10 children in care experience more than 2 home moves in a year.
We work with Local Authorities and Independent Foster Agencies to provide them with Comfort Cases which are given to children at the point at which they enter their new placement, whether it be temporary, emergency or permanent.
A Comfort Case gives a child entering foster care a sense of dignity and hope. Each bag is packed with a cosy new pair of pyjamas, a stuffed animal to hug, a toothbrush, soap and other personal care items for their first few nights with a new family.
We also offer empty duffel bags to social workers so that they can give them to children when they are removed from their homes in an emergency. This is simply to avoid children having to pack their belongings in bin bags or carrier bags.
Whilst we love to receive your donations, we know from experience that many of you would like to help in other ways.
Can you spare some time to help?
Once a week, once a month or once a year – we know how valuable your time is!
From helping us with donation drives, sorting and packing items to go into our cases, finding new contacts or even delivering Comfort Cases to agencies and councils – there are many ways to get involved with as little or as much time as you can give.
We’re in the process of organising rotas and roles but we do need more help!
Please do get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information on how you can get involved and one of the team will be in touch as soon as possible.
To read more about our work visit us at https://comfortcasesuk.org