Just a note…looking for a mobile…you had it. Looking for a seat cover…you had it. And we were able to visit with a foster mom that we got our girls from AND a gal from my first MAPS class in 2004. WOW…you had 3 infants at one time…the clothing house was so organized and put together! We were so impressed! Thanks for your hard work!!! You rock!!! 🙂
On average, foster children could move seven times before the age of 18, usually abruptly leaving their home with very few belongings.
The Families Helping Families of Iowa Clothing Closet is a free resource for foster families to find clothing, shoes, and supplies for infants, children, and teens in foster care, relative placement or other approved placement and those adopted from foster care. You’ll get to choose from current styles for any season!
Volunteers staff the Clothing Closet, where donations from our wonderful community are accepted, sorted and displayed like a retail store.
New Policy: Effective Jan. 1, 2020
Effective January 1, 2020, you MUST provide the following information each time you visit the Clothing Closet:
- Your Contact Information
- Child’s First Initial
- Child’s Last Initial
- Child’s Age
- Child’s Gender
- Child’s Medicaid ID Number
- Caseworker Name
- Child’s Status
If you do not have this information with you, you will not be allowed to shop. If you have any questions, please ask our office staff.
Who Qualifies for the Clothing Closet?
The Clothing Closet is only available to children who are currently in foster care, relative placement or other approved placement by the Department of Human Services and those who have been adopted from foster care. Children must be between the ages of newborn and 18. Children over the age of 18 must have been re-entered into foster care or a special needs basis.
When can we shop from the Clothing Closet?
Youth or their caregivers can shop the Families Helping Families of Iowa Clothing Closet once per season or as a child outgrows items. Please use reasonable discretion for how often you visit the Clothing Closet. For more information, contact our office or stop by during our business hours.
Donating to the Clothing Closet
Items We Accept:
- New or gently used clothing items and shoes for children newborn to 18
- New socks
- New underwear
- Baby equipment – cribs, changing tables, pack and plays, car seats (not expired), swings, bouncy seats
- Quilts or nice blankets
Items We Cannot Accept
- Baby Formula
- Halloween Costumes
- Household Items
- Special Occasion Dresses
- Men’s or Women’s Clothing
The Clothing Closet has been a valuable resource for our family. We have enjoyed being able to both donate clothing and supplies to the program as well as pick up different sized clothing when new foster kids arrive or our current foster kids have a growth spurt. We take in children in a wide range of ages, so having the possibility of different sized clothing, beds, and car seats if our current ones don’t work has been very helpful.
ShalomeLinn County, IA
Dear Families Helping Families, Thank you for the snow boots. They’re warm and waterproof!
AnonymousLinn County, IA
For our daughters 1st birthday, we asked guests to bring clothes/blankets for your clothing closet. All the items are new, except a couple gently worn shirts. We hope many children benefit from these items. Thanks for what you do!
I appreciate your kindness and help when we were at the Clothing Closet! It’s people like you that really help me help kids. Thank you!