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
  • Bedding
  • Books
  • Dishes
  • Halloween Costumes
  • Household Items
  • Jewelry
  • Special Occasion Dresses
  • Suitcases
  • Toys
  • Men’s or Women’s Clothing
Donations may be delivered to our office located at 6000 7th St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 3pm and Sundays, 1pm to 3pm.