A social justice-conscious entrepreneur has launched Foster Kids Are Great to market Foster Care Exit Bags to be purchased by agencies to give to emancipated children aging out of the foster care system, to ease their transition into independent adult life; or for children moving from one foster home to another.
Richard Lasser, founder and president of the company states, “It’s all about dignity and self-respect. Foster Care Exit Bags give emancipated teens the confidence that they have the basic tools they need to quickly find employment and shelter and not end up homeless and destitute.” Lasser originally developed the Exit Bags in conjunction with Jean Lee of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. And now the exit bags available nationwide. Since introducing them last year, the nationwide response has been overwhelming in programs from California to New England.
Lasser founded and ran multimillion dollar, international educational supply firm Teachers' School Supply, Inc. for 25 years before selling the business. Foster Care Exit Bags were an important part of his company's offerings when he ran the company, and he's come out of retirement to address this need today.
“There is this incredible unmet need in Independent Living Programs, Foster Care Programs, Youth Development Services, Transition Jurisdiction Services, Transitional Housing Programs and Juvenile Probation Programs,” states Lasser.
Foster Kids Are Great celebrates the independence and dignity of every child. That's why they came up with the Foster Care Duffel Bags, to give children all the essentials they need to either move on to their next foster home or begin their adult lives.
As Lasser puts it, “if this were your child, wouldn't you want her to carry her things in a sturdy duffel bag instead of a Hefty Sack?” Hard to argue with that logic.
The company’s website, www.FosterKidsAreGreat.com, provides an easy-to-navigate ecommerce page to order either the Pre-packed Foster Care Duffel Bag for those emancipating and beginning their independent adult lives, to just order the sturdy, water-resistant Duffel Bag if children are simply moving to their next foster home.
The Pre-packed Bags can be customized with the products of your choosing, to provide for the specific needs of each program’s independent living needs.
Example bags consist of:
- Large, Heavy duty, 600-Denier, Water-resistant Duffel bag
- Dish Soap and Laundry Soap
- Unbreakable plate and bowl
- Metal Eating Utensils
- Sleeping Bag
- A Journal or Notebook
- Towel and Washcloth
- Small First Aid Kit
- Ball Point Pens and Pencils
- Toiletry kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, deodorant, nail clippers, etc.)
- Toilet paper
- Face mask
- Hand sanitizer
And right now, you can order them FREIGHT FREE anywhere in the continental United States!
They recently supplied 40 Foster Care Exit Bags to Beyond Emancipation in Oakland and 300 of them to New Hampshire’s Foster Care Program.
“The bags were a HUGE component to the success of our graduation event. There was plenty of room in the bags, so that we could adapt them to our program’s specific needs. Thank you for your excellent customer service and responses as well as the on-time shipment and follow up!”
If your organization, or other organizations might be interested in purchasing these, please contact the company. The bags are a $200 value if you were to try to buy them yourselves. The company is offering them at the discounted price of $149.95 each, shipped freight free. Quantity discounts are available.
Foster Kids Are Great, LLC
PO Box 9591
Seattle WA 98109
Toll Free: (833) 367-8379 or (833) F-O-S-T-E-R-Z