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What’s a Comfort Case

Comfort Cases are backpacks filled with comfort and personal care items for youth entering the foster care system. Typically, children are given a trash bag to pack up their belongings when they are removed from their homes. We are working to end this practice while providing the essentials for a child’s first few days in foster care.

Inside a Comfort Case
Packing a Comfort Case
Inside a Comfort Case

The Comfort Case is a wonderful trauma-informed intervention.

Children who have learned that they are unimportant receive new things of their own. Toiletries and dental supplies communicate the importance of self-care and self-worth. The stuffed toy and blanket help soothe and comfort. The book provides a healthy distraction and intuitively teaches an important component of stress management. The journal and coloring book help to calm distressing feelings.

– Suzanne Friedman, Ph.D.

Baby with Toy

Donate a Bag to a Baby Up to 2 Years Old

  • Small Duffel Bag or Backpack
  • Pajamas (newborn to 24 months/2t)
  • Baby Blankets up to 30”x40” or Receiving Blanket
  • Baby Shampoo up to 5oz
  • Baby Body Wash up to 5oz
  • Baby Lotion up to 5oz
  • Diaper Wipes (smaller soft packaging)
  • Diaper Cream
  • Baby Bibs
  • Baby Washcloths
  • Baby Safe Stuffed Animal
    (12” or smaller)
  • Board Book
Donate a Bag
Boy with Teddy Bear

Donate a Bag to a Child 3 to 10 years old

  • Small Duffel Bag or Backpack
  • Pajamas, 3T to 8/10 (no nightgowns)
  • Blanket no larger than 50”x60”
  • Toothbrush (1 – 3 pack)
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (travel size)
  • Lotion (travel size)
  • Soap or Body Wash (travel size)
  • Stuffed Animal (12” or smaller)
  • Coloring Book & Crayons (8-36 pack)
  • Book
Donate a Bag
Donate to a Teen

Donate a Bag to a Teen 11+ years old

  • Small Duffel Bag or Backpack
  • Pajamas, Child Size 10 to Adult 3XL
  • Blanket (no larger than 50”x60”)
  • Adult Toothbrush (1 – 3 pack)
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (travel size)
  • Lotion (travel size)
  • Soap or Body Wash (travel size)
  • Deodorant
  • Stuffed Animal (12” or smaller)
  • Journal
  • Pens & Pencils
  • Book
Donate a Bag

Or

Donate Multiple Bags for Any Age Group!

How to Pack a Comfort Case

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