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.


Imagine a child was ripped from the only home they've ever known 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.









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

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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
  • Car seat if needed

Valued at $200

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.