Only 14 shelving units needed to launch the Indiana Kids’ Care Closet
Do you have a desire to care for your local community? Would you like more opportunities to care for families in crisis and fatherless children, but just can’t find the time to volunteer? Here at Orphan Care Alliance, we make it our mission to provide for the local needs of foster youth and families in need as they care for children.
We support local adoptive and foster families and provide resources to help them as they care for children from hard places. Along with that, we also serve families who are struggling through a short-term crisis that could lead to the removal of their children to be placed in state’s care.
The fact that there are over 600 children placed into the state’s care each month in southern Indiana alone makes OCA work hard to spread the word about Safe Families for Children, a movement to prevent children from entering foster care by walking along side parents at the beginning of their struggle and offering a support network and resources to help them succeed. We have currently been given the opportunity of opening a new location for a Kids’ Care Closet at a local church in New Albany, IN, Graceland Baptist Church. This Care Closet will be the second of its kind, filled to the brim with clothes, diapers, bottles, and other useful necessities that families in crisis need most!
The resources won’t just stop at helping families in crisis; the Care Closet will help provide for Kinship Families who are caring for children, as well as, providing what we like to call “Care Packs” for children who are entering foster care for the first time. These packs include items like stuffed animals, new clothes, and art supplies that they can call their own as they enter into a new and unfamiliar home.