In 2016, three moms got together to solve a problem.
One had just become a foster parent and saw a pressing need in her local foster community. As soon as she heard she had a kiddo headed her way, she found herself racing around to family, friends, and stores trying to gather items she thought the child would need. While she wanted to focus on preparing her heart and home for the new family member, she instead was stressing about diapers, clothing and car seats.
Even with a big community supporting her family, she struggled to quickly find resources before her child arrived. She thought, surely, other foster families must be struggling, too – possibly having an even harder time. So she gathered a few friends to brainstorm a solution. An idea was born: The Foster Box.
The Foster Box was created to help provide clothes and children’s items to foster families, specifically during that period of transition. What makes TFB different is that we strive to be fast and convenient; our goal is to deliver the “Box” of requested items to the foster family within 72 hours or less. We continue to support foster families as children in their care grow into new sizes and stages of life. We begin to build relationships within the foster community in the process.
Currently, we have a core group of four volunteers. All of us are busy moms with 15 kids between us – a mix of bio, adopted and foster. Our margins of time may be slim, but serving the foster community through The Foster Box is an honor we don’t take lightly. It is a joy and passion to be “care” in foster care. If you feel the same way, we’d love for you to join our team!
It’s exciting and humbling to recount the many foster families that The Foster Box has served since its early beginnings. The more we grow, the more volunteers we will have. The more communities we will serve, the more families we will help.
It Takes A Village
Here at The Foster Box, we are huge advocates for foster care and the children who enter into the system. As children await reunification with their families, it is so important to provide love and individualized care during this vulnerable and foundational time in their lives.
Whether you’re single, married, own or rent a home, the need for eligible foster parents is great in Massachusetts. Would you consider linking arms with the foster community by becoming a foster parent or providing respite care to foster families?