Helping Foster Care Children and Teens communicate their likes, dislikes and needs to the guardians and Foster Care Parents
caring for them.
Foster Care Programs
Who I Am was approached by several Foster Care Parents looking for a way to better communicate and understand the children in their care. Since that time, our mission has expanded to help Foster Care Parents and Caregivers have a more personal relationship with the children placed in their care.
In the tri-county area, when children are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services, they are taken to a Heartland for Children Intake Center for placement. Their partner, ECHO Ministry, then gifts each child with a "first night" bag. This bag contains a basic toiletry kit, a stuffed animal, Who I Am Photo Album Gift Bag and if possible, a new pair of pajamas.
Photo Album Gift Set - Who I Am along with their High School Bright Future Volunteers created a gift bag containing a 5 x 7 Photo Album and Marker Set. The photo album contain is filled with "Who I Am Description Cards" to help them color and describe their likes, dislikes and any details about their life story they wish to share. Made of plastic, children can easily carry it with them if they move to multiple locations.
We learned there are never enough pajamas.
New Pajamas Collection Drive - Through our relationship with ECHO, we discovered there are never enough pajamas for the first night bags. Our Board voted to make the collection of pajamas a year-round effort by holding an Annual 5K pajama drive and setting up year round collection bins throughout Highland County.
Thank you for your support of our Foster Care Pajama Project!
Over 1300 new pairs of pajamas have been collected and distributed
to several Foster Care Organization in Central Florida with
over 1100 pairs donated to Heartland for Children's partner,
ECHO, at our annual 5K Foster Care Pajama Run/Walk
PS: Our pajama project has paused until November of 2024 however you
can still donate a pair through this site or drop off them off at
one of these locations below.