Back-To-School Help For Foster Kids

Back-To-School Help For Foster Kids

For foster children who have already experienced instability in their lives, heading to a new school can drain their spirits before they even walk through the front doors: Will I fit in? I’ll be laughed at if I don’t have the right stuff! How will they treat a foster kid?

You Can Make a Difference

Our foster care projects have already made a difference. Thank you! Now we hope to further help the kids be successful by addressing one of their main concerns – school supplies – that their foster families might not be able to provide on the small, basic needs stipend (if any) they receive. From mid-July through August 12, we will be collecting new school supplies — backpacks, binders, pens, pencils and more. Though the children won’t have the traditional pre-school shopping trip many families enjoy, the supply of new materials will enable them to go to school with greater confidence they won’t be singled out for lack of supplies. Look for more information as we get closer to the beginning of the supply drive. If you have any questions, contact Dee West (206-258-2108 or

DSHS Thanks West Side

West Side contributed meal kits/gift cards and general gift cards to foster children and families in the DSHS system. Here’s their response:

I just wanted to let you guys know how grateful our office is for your continued generosity and kindness. For example, the families that received the meal kits and gift cards were so surprised and elated about their ability to utilize them. They all were given to parents whose children were recently returned to them and relative caregivers. The kits were extremely helpful during school breaks, etc. and the children could not access breakfast and lunch at school. 

The donations of clothing and other items has improved the lives of our children so much. It helps them feel more self-confident and accepted when they are able to wear clothing that fits and is similar to what their classmates are wearing. Just about all of the separate gift cards to the movies, Kohl’s, Barnes & Noble, etc. have been utilized by our children and families, and they have been amazed and overjoyed to receive them.

Your incredibly selfless and generous donations to our office have put smiles on so many children, parents, and caregivers’ faces.

Thank you for everything that you do, 

Rachelanne Subido, MSW
Social and Health Program Consultant II

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