WHAT IS FOSTER CARE?
“We live in a world in we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” -Fred Rogers
When children are removed from their biological families, they lose everything that is familiar to them. They often come into care without any personal items. The Foster Closet was started in 2015 in response to this heartbreaking problem.
Founders Jennifer and Shannon are connected to the foster community via their own experiences in fostering and providing respite to families in Sherburne County.
In 2017, The Foster Closet added a board of directors and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Foster Closet operates entirely on donations and relies on volunteers. Their hope through The Foster Closet is that children and foster families will be empowered, encouraged and strengthened.
Currently, we accept new and gently used clothing and pajamas to meet the immediate needs of children placed into foster care. We also host special fundraisers throughout the year for items such as school supplies, seasonal clothing, winter gear, and holiday-related items. In the future, we hope to offer equipment, shoes, new stuffed animals, gift cards for teens to purchase clothing, and more.
"The bags of clothing were a blessing to all of us. The children were placed in our home with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. Thank you to everyone who donates to The Foster Closet!" - J.M., Foster Parent
If you know someone willing to donate a storefront or storage space, please let us know. Our dream is to have a place where children can come select clothing and personal items that fit their size and style.
*Please contact us for more information.
We got involved in foster care because that's the gospel with skin on it. ~Herbie Newell
The Foster Closet exists to empower and encourage foster children in Sherburne County by providing them with clothing and other essential items.
Too often children come into care with only the clothing they are wearing at the time of placement. With that in mind, our goal is to supply an Initial Placement Pack (IPP) consisting of approximately one weeks' worth of new or gently used clothing and pajamas to each foster child upon placement within Sherburne County.