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Lending a Helping Hand to Michigan Foster Care Closet

Karyna Sitkowski

Foster Care children often arrive at their new foster homes with very little belongings. The Michigan Foster Care Closet (MFCC) opened in 2017 and is fully a volunteer based non-profit organization located in Washtenaw County, but is available to everyone in the state of Michigan. The Foster Closet gives families, foster children, and foster care workers a personalized shopping experience that provides quality items for daily living for all ages. The MFCC hopes that every child feels more confident and achieves better self-esteem when these needs are met. Things such as clothing, shoes, toys, linens, nursery furniture, strollers, car seats, school supplies, hygiene products, safety equipment, and more are provided to families for free. Families are required to make an appointment but, if a family has a placement within the last 30 days, they can reach out for immediate assistance. Children are eligible to shop quarterly or after a major growth spurt.


How to Help MFCC

The MFCC is completely run by volunteers and relies on donations (items and money). Below are different ways to help the MFCC


What ways can I volunteer?

  • Help with seasonable changeover in March and August
  • Holiday Parties
  • Family Events
  • Host a donation drive and collect new items for children in care (this can also be a great way for teens to earn volunteer hours)

What ways can I donate?

  • You can send one-time or monthly monetary donations through PayPal with any credit cards
  • Buy items off the MFCC Amazon Wishlist
  • Sponsor a drive

Donations Always Needed

  • New and gently used clothing - Preemie - 2XL
  • New socks and underwear
  • Athletic shoes - Toddler thru teen sizes
  • Baby supplies: Diapers & Wipes, body wash, lotion, bottles, sippy cups, new pacifiers
  • Hygiene items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner, body wash, lotion, deodorant, pads & tampons
  • Curly Hair Care: Shampoo & conditioner, Shea butter, Silk caps & bonnets, combs & brushes, braiding gels, etc
  • Backpacks and School Supplies
  • New Toys

Donations NOT Accepted

  • Clothing that is ripped, stained, and/or torn (Please use our textile recycling option)
  • Adult style clothing
  • Used stuffed animals
  • Suitcases

For more information, please visit the MFCC website at:









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Agencies will give detailed information about licensing, training, and orientation.


Or Call

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Mon-Fri: 8:30 - 5 and Wed: 8:30 - 7

1-855-MICHKIDS (642-4543)