Duffels full of dignity for foster kids


There are more than 8,000 children in Florida’s foster care, and many of them most likely came into care with their belongings in a trash bag.

When the Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association began its Duffels for Kids program to stop this degrading cycle, the Herald featured our cause in a May 11 article.

It not only helped our organization raise awareness of how such a small gesture can mean the world to a child in care, but it also helped us reach our goal of raising the initial $20,000 through our Duffels for Kids Walk, held on May 18.

Because of the overwhelming support from people and businesses across the state, many of our children in Florida’s foster-care system will no longer have to use trash bags to carry their belongings.

Duffels for Kids is now ready for distribution to the children, and FSFAPA hopes this will give them a small sense of dignity and self-worth, rather than the feelings of hopelessness and insecurity that come with carrying one’s belongings in a receptacle that also holds garbage.

T. LaShaun Wallace, director of programs, Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association, West Palm Beach

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