Supporting Foster Families
the necessities, making the transition easier.
The mission of the Midland County Foster Closet is to provide resources and support for those affiliated with the foster care system.
Who We Are
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit staffed completely by volunteers who are committed to serving infants to young adults who have a connection to the foster care system.
What We Do
We provide free clothing, shoes, outerwear, boots, and other necessities to children – young adults on an immediate and on-going basis while they are affiliated with the foster care system. We serve children in foster care and in court-ordered family placements, children who are wards of the state and young adults with a connection to the foster care system.
Children are often placed in foster care without any personal items they can take with them to their foster homes; young adults may have a variety of needs as they look to the future. Children and young adults are provided with new clothes, pajamas, underwear and socks, various practical items (handmade blankets, pillowcases, toiletries, diapers, etc.) and books, stuffed animals and toys. Further, clients may take as much gently used clothing as they think they will need. We also provide seasonal items such as swimsuits in the summer and winter gear like coats and boots. Clients can revisit the foster closet as seasons change, for size changes or special events. Foster parents and young adults must show proof of affiliation with the foster care system.
Oftentimes, children are placed – day or night – with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Receiving items from the Foster Closet helps foster parents fill the physical needs of the children they are inviting into their homes. Thus, we help begin the process of rebuilding the children’s self-esteem by providing them with belongings they can call their own which helps them begin to feel good about themselves. Likewise, we strive to meet specific needs of young adults so that they can approach the transition to adulthood with help and hope.
Ways to Help
We gratefully accept donations of new and gently used clean clothes, new footwear, new and gently used books, toiletries/personal care items, and monetary donations. We only accept new donations of the following: pajamas, socks, underwear, carseats, cribs, toys, stuffed animals. We encourage people who would like to make donations to contact us by phone or email for more information.
Let’s Make a Difference Together!
Our passion is not only to help foster children, but also the Midland County families who take them in by reducing the stress, financial responsibility and allowing the foster parents the chance to focus more on the immediate needs of the child.