Restoring Dignity

Restoring Dignity to Foster Children

Imagine being taken from your home as a child–leaving so quickly all you have are the clothes on your back. As unbelievable as this sounds, it is a frightening reality for many children who live just minutes from you. There are currently over 400,000 foster children in the United States alone, and the number is rising every week. Many local family and children’s aid offices are in desperate need to help meet these children’s basic needs until they can be placed into a safe home. 

The goal: to provide each foster child or teenager with a new small rolling suitcase that contains a week’s worth of new clothing and basic toiletries, so that they have something to call their own and their dignity can be restored. 

“The week before Thanksgiving, I met three darling brothers whose clothes were so worn and out-grown that they could not leave the DFACS office until help arrived. I wish you could have seen their faces and heard the squeals when they each received a suitcase full of nice things!”

– Lynette Ezell
Adoptive parent and foster care advocate 

Restoring Dignity is seeking to encourage churches and community partners to cooperate to fill storage units across North America with all new basic clothing, shoes, socks, underclothes and toiletries as well as a rolling suitcase for foster children as they are removed from their homes. You can investigate partnering with a regional children’s aid office serving in your area. The hope would be that social workers specific to a partnering office would have unlimited access to the unit. They would then be able to pack a suitcase for the children they serve.

Restoring Dignity is a new initiative, but it is easily reproducible anywhere. Restoring dignity to children in crisis–everyone can do something!