Begin Again Backpack

Want to help?

Have your family, church or civic group take up a collection for our Begin Again Backpack program to help kids as they enter foster care. Needed items include: diapers, pajamas, socks, underwear and blankets.


Can you imagine if you, as a child, had to leave the only home you ever knew with only the clothing on your back and whatever would fit into a trash bag?

This is why the Begin Again Backpack exists. As children enter foster care they are often not allowed to bring their personal belongings with them. This can only add to the trauma that they are experiencing. It is our goal to alleviate the trauma and provide each foster child with a sense of belonging, stability, and ownership. This program supports the competency of protecting and nurturing the children.

The aim of this program is to present every child that comes into foster care in the Central Missouri area with a backpack filled with toiletry, school, and personal items that will help ease the transition process that they experience when moving from their biological home to a new foster home.

Partnership Plan:

In 2018 CMFCAA is working to provide more partner locations to hold and distribute our resources such as Begin Again Backpacks to make them easier to access for our families in farther counties. We are currently Partnering with Fostering Hope Closet in Lebanon to distribute Begin again backpacks and vouchers in Laclede and surrounding counties. Please continue to contact CMFCAA main office to arrange using these resources. If you have a business, charity, church group, or other facility that would be interested in becoming a distribution partner with CMFCAA please contact our Administrative Assistant in our Jefferson City Office.









Begin Again Backpack Printable Form (PDF)


Begin Again Backpack Online Request Form


Additional items needed:

  • Clothes for size 12months – 2T
  • Clothes for Age 12-18 boys & Girls
  • Pajamas for Teens
  • Boys Razors
  • Boys soaps
  • Baby/ Toddler Soaps
  • Toddler toothpaste
  • Jackets for all ages
  • Hair supplies (brushes, hair ties, combs.)
  • Socks / Underwear for all ages
  • Feminine supplies
  • Size 5 & 6 diapers
  • Baby and regular fingernail clippers
  • Coloring Books

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at

Backpacks include:

  • baby wipes
  • bibs
  • pacifiers
  • diaper rash cream/ointment
  • baby soap and lotion
  • new pajamas (all sizes needed)
  • socks and underwear (all sizes)
  • hair brushes
  • toothbrushes
  • kids toothpaste
  • fingernail clippers
  • deodorant (girls and boys)
  • feminine products
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • body soap and lotion
  • journals and pens
  • coloring books and crayons
  • appropriate toys (ages infant to 18)
  • blanket or quilt
  • $25 Walmart gift cards

Valued at $100

Help at a moments notice.

“I have been a single foster parent in Cole county for 6 years. When I first became a foster parent, CMFCAA was just getting off the ground. As a foster parent, I truly rely on the organization to provide Begin Again Backpacks, training opportunities, clothing, special give-aways from the community, and the support system for parents and kids. I am so blessed that the organization has grown so much to support foster parents. I believe the Begin Again Backpacks to be one of the best programs for taking in kids at a moments notice, and the other services help us survive and keep our certification.”

Erin Kremer

Help at a moments notice.