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Foster Pantry's programs are designed to ease the transitions of children in foster care, from the time they enter care up until 6 months after they transition out of care whether it be reunification, adoption, guardianship, or aging out. 

Our programming restores:

DIGNITY

to children in foster care
HOPE

to youth aging out of foster care
ENCOURAGEMENT

to those caring for children in foster care

Fostering Essentials

Fostering Essentials

In 2017 Foster Pantry began as a small foster family run foster closet that provided gently used "hand me downs" to children from a garage. Still the heart of our programming, our Fostering Essentials programming now provides primarily brand-new essential items to youth in foster care. 

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New Placement Comfort Bag

Providing youth with essential items when they first enter foster care, including but not limited to; clothing, toiletries, toys, bedding, books, school supplies and gift cards for teens to shop for their favorite items,

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Foster Closet

Our closet is located in the Harrelson Center in Downtown Wilmington with over 1000 square feet of shopping space filled with NEW essential items. Requests for youth can be made at any time they are in care, as needs change or seasonal needs.

In 2024 we added a satellite location in Onslow county. 

 

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NAS Infant Kit

A kit specifically designed for infants diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome to assist with regulation and soothing of the infant. The heart of this program is the MamaRoo swing, which we offer to families on a loaner program.

Sponsored by:

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Fostering Connections

Fostering Connections is dedicated to building the connections our caregivers and youth need to thrive. It supports the adults caring for children in foster care, providing a comprehensive support system to help caregivers navigate the challenges and joys of fostering. It also provides foster families outings and sibling playdates for siblings separated in foster care to give the youth and caregivers a sense of belonging. 

Support Group

Caregiver Support and Education

Providing the opportunity for caregivers to connect with other foster parents in a safe and supportive environment to share experiences, ask questions, and offer encouragement.

 

Educational Trainings provide valuable knowledge and skills on the topics relevant to foster care, such as child development, trauma-informed care, and legal issues.

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Resource 

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Connecting caregivers and youth to essential resources in our community, such as, financial assistance, healthcare providers, and educational opportunities for foster children.

As a partner of The Harrelson Center Campus of Nonprofits, our families have priority referrals to resources like the HELP HUB.

 

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Family Outings & Sibling Playdates

Creating lasting memories and strengthening family bonds through fun and engaging outings for foster families to enjoy together and with other foster families.

 

Our sibling playdates facilitate the connections between siblings who may be separated in foster care, promoting a sense of normalcy and belonging.

Fostering Forward

Fostering Forward is designed to empower youth transitioning out of foster care and those who have already aged to achieve independence and success. We recognize the unique challenges faced by this population and offer a supportive network and practical resources to help them thrive.

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social & 

wellness

activities

Providing the opportunity for caregivers to connect with other foster parents in a safe and supportive environment to share experiences, ask questions, and offer encouragement.

 

Educational Trainings provide valuable knowledge and skills on the topics relevant to foster care, such as child development, trauma-informed care, and legal issues.

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Care packages & Celebrations

Connecting caregivers and youth to essential resources in our community, such as, financial assistance, healthcare providers, and educational opportunities for foster children.

As a partner of The Harrelson Center Campus of Nonprofits, our families have priority referrals to resources like the HELP HUB.

 

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Moving Forward

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Creating lasting memories and strengthening family bonds through fun and engaging outings for foster families to enjoy together and with other foster families.

 

Our sibling playdates facilitate the connections between siblings who may be separated in foster care, promoting a sense of normalcy and belonging.

Sponsored by:

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Fostering Safety

Fostering Safety

Promoting safety awareness and providing essential resources to keep foster children safe and empowers them and their caregivers with the tools they need to stay safe.

Baby Car Seats

 

Safe rides

Ensure foster children travel safely by providing NEW car seats and educating caregivers on proper installation. This reduces the risk of injury and death in the event of a car accident.

Bike Trip

*coming soon* Annual 
Safety Event

A fun and interactive event focuses on bike safety, water safety, and safe sleep practices, equipping foster kids with the knowledge to stay safe in various situation. 

Swimming Coach

*Coming soon* Safe sleep

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Safe bikes

Educating the foster care community on safety topics and providing resources to keep them safe.

Sponsored by:

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Fostering Joy

Bringing joy and holiday spirit to children in foster care by providing them with

special experiences and gifts.

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Holiday Togetherness Box

Filled with fun activities and games for the whole family, these boxes provide a sense of togetherness and warmth during the holidays. They can include crafts, board games, puzzles, and even some sweet treats!

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Visits with Santa

Imagine the excitement on a child's face when they get to meet Santa Claus and share their Christmas wishes! Foster Pantry facilitates private visits with Santa, ensuring these children get to experience a magical holiday tradition.

 

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Stocking for Aged out youth

Remembering young adults who have recently aged out of the foster care system. They might not be considered children anymore, but they still appreciate a reminder that they're cared for. Stockings filled with goodies can be a small token of appreciation for them during the holiday season.

Fostering fun

Brightening the lives of children in foster care throughout the year by providing

festive experiences, and a sense of normalcy.

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easter 

baskets

Next year we will host our 6th Annual Easter Basket Giveaway!

 

We bring the joy of Easter to foster kids by stuffing colorful baskets with treats, toys, and fun activities.

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back to school bash

Easing the transition into the new school year for children in foster care. We provide essential school supplies, backpacks, activities, games and educational resources getting them ready and excited to learn.

 

Halloween Costumes

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Knowing the excitement of picking out a costume, we host a special shopping event for kids in foster care. Here, they can choose a free costume, allowing them to participate fully in the Halloween fun.

Fostering Fun
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