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Back to school backpack with school supplies

The Families Helping Families School Supplies Closet is open year-round for youth in the foster care system, relative or approved placement, or who have been adopted in family foster care. During your visit to the Clothing Closet, let the volunteer know that you need school supplies.

Donate to the School Supplies Closet

Through your generosity and support, we prepare children who are in foster care, relative, or other approved placement throughout the area for their first day back to school and have helped youth in our community reach academic goals.

While many children are uprooted from their family home, having a reliable stock of school supplies helps alleviate the anxiety that often accompanies the “starting over” of a new school. This steady stock of school supplies can help relieve financial stress during the school year.

Annual Back to School Rally

Every year, Families Helping Families of Iowa hosts a Back to School Rally, providing around 500 backpacks to local students in foster care, approved/relative placement or those who have been adopted from foster care. If your business would like to collect school supplies for this event to help fill our backpacks for the 2020-21 school year, please let us know or visit our Events page for more details on how to donate for this year’s event.

Who qualifies for the Back to School Rally?

The Back to School Rally is only available to children who are currently in foster care, relative placement or other approved placement by the Department of Human Services, and to those adopted from foster care. Children must be between the ages of 1 and 18, and children over the age of 18 must have been re-entered into foster care or a special needs basis.