Napa County has approximately 100-120 infants/children/teens that enter foster care each year. There is no way to make the transition into the system easy. They are devastated with strong feelings of loss and grief. Many times they are not able to grab any of their personal or favorite belongings which only adds to their sense of loss. That is why Bags of Hope was created. The foster child is given a backpack with age appropriate items that is their own to take with them into their new foster home. Some of the initial fear and uncertainty is replaced with a sense of comfort and confidence that they have not been completely abandoned.

Bags of Hope is a practical, non-intrusive way to reach out to children new to the foster care system. Please see below for an idea of the items that are included in each bag.
INFANTS: Diaper bag, diapers, wipes, formula, onesies, baby bath wash, baby shampoo, socks, bib, blanket, diaper rash cream, infant nail clippers, stuffed animal, hairbrush, photo album, gift certificate for clothes.
AGES 6-12: Blanket, pillow and case, night light, hairbrush, toothbrush/paste, socks, photo album, reading books, stuffed animal, pajamas, small toy, gift certificate for clothes.
TODDLERS: Toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo, hair brush, sippy cup, diapers, socks, pajamas, blanket, stuffed animal, nightlight, books, small toy, photo album
TEENS: Toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo, hair brush, hair ties, combs, hair dryer, hair products, make-up, pajamas, blanket, journals,books, gift cards, photo album.
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