Here’s the Scoop:

The majority of children coming into foster care must wait in an office for 1-2 hours while a social worker calls to find them a suitable placement. This is usually a time of high anxiety for children as they have recently been removed from their home and are being moved to a new, unknown foster home.

The notion of a VIP Kids Box is a simple one. While the child is waiting, a social worker gives the child a box of age appropriate items to occupy their time while in the office. It will also be a box they can carry and take with them into their new foster home. Since many children enter their new foster home with very few belongings, the psychological importance of owning nice possessions cannot be underestimated.

Making a VIP Kids Box is a simple way to comfort a foster child. It is also a great way to involve your own family in caring for less fortunate kids in our area.

How to put your box together:

  • Find a sturdy box or plastic container with a lid (about shoe box size) to pack your items.
  • Fill the box with at least three items from the ESSENTIALS list and three items from the EXTRAS list.
  • Tape a handwritten note/card (not sealed) to the inside lid of the box that includes an encouraging message. “You are special”, “You are cared about”, “You are important”, or “Made for you with love”.
  • Note the gender and age range of the child the box was packed for on the outside of the box.
  • Place a rubber band around the outside of the box (please do not tape or seal the box).
  • Contact your local VIP box coordinator through email or text to determine drop off time and location. fosteringconnectionsks@gmail.com. If you would rather donate individual items for welcome boxes you may email or text as well. We will also accept donations to make VIP Kids Boxes at any time. You may mail a check (memo VIP Kids Boxes) to Fostering Connections, P. O. Box 1011, Frontenac, KS 66763.

What goes in the box:

Below you will find a simple guide for filling your VIP Kids Box with fun, creative, age appropriate items. Please include at least 3 of the “Essential” items and at least 3 of the “Extra” items.

Please do not include: breakable items, aerosol cans, mouthwash that has alcohol, razors, Swiss army knives, vitamins, violent toys. We do ask that any stuffed animals or anything cloth be new, and not used.

AGES 2-4

Essentials: Coloring book, crayons, colored pencils, non-perishable snacks, toddler size toothbrush, toddler toothpaste, nightlight, socks, sippy cup

Extras: Small stuffed animal, cars, small doll, plastic toys, stickers, playdough, small etch a sketch, fun Bandaids, hair accessories, small blankie, small board books, or yo-yo    

AGES 5-9

Essentials: Coloring book, crayons, notebook, colored pencils, nonperishable snacks, toothbrush, toothpaste, flashlight (please include batteries), socks, underwear

Extras: Small stuffed animal, small cars, small doll, Memory playing card game, small Lego set, stickers, brush/comb, sunglasses, hair accessories, books, watch, foldable nylon bag

AGES 10-12

Essentials: Journal or drawing pad, teen coloring book, markers or colored pencils, nonperishable snacks, toothbrush, toothpaste, flashlight (please include batteries), socks, underwear

Extras: Deck of playing cards, Go Fish card game, yoyo, paper airplane kit, small Lego set, silly putty, word search puzzle books, brush/comb, sunglasses, hair accessories, books, watch, small photo album, gum, compact mirror, bath gel

AGES 13-17

Essentials: Journal or drawing pad, teen coloring book, markers or colored pencils, nonperishable snacks, toothbrush, toothpaste, flashlight (please include batteries), socks, underwear

Extras: Deck of playing cards, word search puzzle books, brush/comb, sunglasses, hair accessories, books, a watch, small photo album, gum, compact mirror, bath gel, feminine products in a discreet case, stick deodorant, gift card to a fast-food restaurant, or a gift card to Target or Wal Mart, small nylon bag for carrying items

THANK YOU FOR LOVING CHILDREN ENTERING FOSTER CARE THROUGH YOUR VIP KIDS BOX!