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					Clothing Needs for Children in Foster Care
Many of our children are coming into foster care   him/her. A suitcase or canvas bag should be
without clothing. The foster parent’s              used to transport clothing. Large items of
responsibility is to purchase new or almost new    clothing such as coats may be “recycled” when a
items for the child within 30 days of placement.   child outgrows the item. It should be clean and
                                                   in good condition before giving it to another
Your children’s clothing items will be checked     child. Shoes and underwear should not be
periodically by one of your workers during a       recycled and should be purchased new.
routine visit. It is the foster parents’           If you have questions as you plan for your
responsibility to replenish and maintain           foster child’s clothing needs, the child’s workers
clothing. When a child leaves your home, those     or your home worker will be able to help you.
items purchased for him/her should go with         Listed is a MINIMUM list of necessities:

BOYS                                               GIRLS
s   6 pairs of underwear (briefs or boxer)         s   6 pairs of underwear
s   6 undershirts                                  s   6 undershirts or bras as appropriate
s   1 pair dress pants/belt                        s   1 dress and slip
s   5 pair of school pants or                      s   5 pair of pants for school, 2 school uniforms
    2 school uniforms                              s   3 pairs of play pants or jeans
s   3 pairs of play pants or jeans                 s   6 pair of socks, stockings or tights as
s   6 pair of socks                                    appropriate for size and height
s   6 shirts (short or long                        s   6 blouses (short or long sleeve as seasons
    sleeve as seasons indicate)                        indicate)
s   1 pair of sneakers                             s   1 pair of sneakers
s   1 pair of dress shoes                          s   1 pair of dress shoes
s   1 pair of winter boots                         s   1 pair of winter boots
s   3 pairs of pajamas, 1 robe,                    s   3 pairs of pajamas or gowns,
    1 pair of washable slippers                        1 robe, 1 pair of washable slippers
s   Personal pillow                                s   Personal pillow
s   1 comb and brush                               s   1 comb and brush
s   1 toothbrush (replaced as appropriate)         s   1 toothbrush
s   1 towel and washcloth                              (replaced as appropriate)
s   1 light jacket and sweater                     s   1 towel and washcloth
s   1 cool weather jacket                          s   1 light jacket and sweater
s   1 pair winter gloves and hat                   s   1 cool weather jacket
s   1 rain coat for rainy weather                  s   1 pair winter gloves and hat
                                                   s   1 rain coat for rainy weather

BABIES
s Cloth or disposable                              s   2 bibs
  diapers as appropriate                           s   2 washcloths and towels
s 8 gowns                                          s   6 individual bottles and nipples
s 2 receiving blankets                             s   Appropriate outer garment
s 2 heavy blankets and                             s   1 federally approved safety seat for each
  2 crib sheets                                        child who travels in your car who is under 4
s 6 pair socks/booties                                 years old or 40 lbs.

				
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