A child removed from his/her home often arrives in foster care with no personal belongings. It is not possible to wait until funding begins to purchase items needed immediately. This need is especially acute for a baby who requires a safe place to sleep, a car seat, safety items for the new home, and start-up necessities like diapers and formula.
TheVillage finds temporary homes for about 20 infants and toddlers each year. Welcome kits such as toddler friendly shampoo and soap, wipes, diapers, hand sanitizer, bibs and onesies along with a fun activity in a handy container such as a canvas tote or plastic shoe box can also be assembled.
Please see the Smoothing Transitions Pick-A-Project for complete details. Welcome kits for older children include similar items.
The cost to support a baby or toddler entering care is about $300. This covers the cost of a portable crib, car seat, basic clothing, necessities (diapers, formula), and other immediate needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can we donate the actual item? Do you take gently used items? We cannot take used car seats due to safety restrictions. If you choose to collect the actual items rather than donating cash, everything must meet current safety standards, be clean, include all parts, and be less than 5 years old. In regards to portable cribs, Pack n Plays are the preferred item. These items are welcomed by many families who are our clients. TheVillage is able to find “good homes” for all of these donated items.
How can I learn more about foster parenting? To arrange for a speaker, contact Betty at [email protected] or 610.525.5400.
For information about becoming a foster parent, contact [email protected] or 215-730-2240.
Where to send your check: Development Office, theVillage, 452 S. Roberts Rd., Rosemont, PA 19010 Where to drop off items: theVillage, 452 S. Roberts Rd., Rosemont, PA 19010
For details, contact [email protected] or 610-519-1615.