Care Kits for Kids
Qld Inc.

Helping children
in care or crisis,
one Care Kit at a time.


Our Care Kits provide practical needs,
love, care, comfort and dignity,
showing children
in care or crisis
that they matter and
their community cares.

Our Care Kits

We provide Care Kits
containing 2 days’ of
new clothing, toiletries, education supplies, toy, book and quilt
for Queensland children in care or crisis.

Who do we help?

Over 11,800 Queensland children
aged 0 to 17
are now in care or crisis.
(Qld Dept CYJMA, March 2021)

These children often leave
an unsafe situation with nothing
but
the clothes they are wearing.

We provide age/gender-specific Care Kits
containing 2 daysโ€™ supply of:
new clothing,
toiletries,
education supplies,
book,
toy &
quilt / wrap.

Donations for these children
can be left at any of our
DONATION POINTS

Our Care Kits can be requested
at no cost,
at point of need,
all year round
by any Queensland organisation who
directly assists children in crisis:

๐Ÿ’– Qld Police Child Protection units,

๐Ÿ’– Qld Child Safety agencies,

๐Ÿ’– Domestic Violence agencies

๐Ÿ’– Foster and Kinship Care agencies,
&
๐Ÿ’– School or other programmes
helping children in crisis
eg Beyond DV Hope4Life youth camps

Individual foster/kinship carers:
please ask your agency to apply.

Impact Stories

๐Ÿ’•A 16-year-old boy put our little handmade stuffed fabric heart into his pocket to remind himself people cared, encouraging him to care what he made of his life.
๐Ÿ’•A traumatised young girl refused to undergo a shower and nits removalโ€ฆ until she realised our Care Kit had lovely new clothes AND fancy hair bows and hairclips just waiting for her to put them all (!) into lovely clean hair.
๐Ÿ’•One 12 year old boy became very excited upon seeing the new pyjamas in his Care Kit. They happened to be exactly the same as the ones he had to leave behind!
๐Ÿ’•Two amazing emergency and short-term foster carers once had a child arrive with no underpants, needing an emergency night trip to the shops. The next time, children arrived with their new Care Kits and had everything needed to be comfortable for the next 2 days. These carers now help support Care Kits for Kids Qld with donations so more children in crisis can benefit.
๐Ÿ’•One young child didnโ€™t know how to use a toothbrush. He had never owned one before, let alone a brand new one just for himself!
๐Ÿ’•One year 9 student leader chose to support Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc through a donation drive for Year 7s at his high school for a Duke of Edinburgh award. The entire school community helped him achieve his goal.
๐Ÿ’•One young girl mobilised her whole Grade 3 class to donate education items for Care Kits for Kits Qld.
๐Ÿ’•One teenage girl used all her birthday money to put together a complete Care Kit for a teen girl doing it tough.
๐Ÿ’•One young man from our disability group of volunteers proudly tells everyone โ€˜I come to work, now!โ€™
๐Ÿ’• A guest speaker at our thank you function for donors began with "I was one of those kids. I know what a huge difference it makes for a child to be given a Care Kit"
๐Ÿ’•A mother who had escaped domestic violence with her children (and virtually nothing else), organised a huge donation for us at her large workplace as she knew how much of a practical difference, hope and comfort a comprehensive Care Kit can provide.

What we do

๐Ÿ’• We #giveback

We provide an opportunity
forย  people,
organisations and businesses
to give back to their communityย so
no child has to go without
basic necessities, comfort or hope.
DONATION POINTSย are at MPs’ and Councillors’ offices around Brisbane.ย ย 

๐Ÿ’• We are #community

Since we began in Feb 2018,
we have developed
ever-growing networks with volunteers andย  supportersย 
from all sectors of our community:
school children to seniors;
craft and community groups and businesses, large and small.
Our giving, caring community is simply amazing!

๐Ÿ’• We #waronwaste

Join our volunteers who create items for Care Kits from donated fabric & yarn. Our sewing & craft groups create shorts,
t-shirts, pants, tops and toys. Nothing goes to landfill; fabric we can’t use goes to others who can use it.
Join our sewing / craft groupsย or see them at In Stitches Brisbane. Or recycle your containers for us!

๐Ÿ’• We #educate

We can be booked for presentations
to community organisations, schools and businesses aroundย  greater Brisbane, where we demonstrate
Care Kit contents and the
huge need for our Queensland community to help children
in crisis or entering foster care.ย 

๐Ÿ’• We #fillthegap

We supply free age-specific Care Kits at point of need
throughout Queensland to
๐Ÿ’– Qld Police Child Protection units,
๐Ÿ’– Qld Child Safety agencies,
๐Ÿ’– Foster and Kinship Care agencies,
๐Ÿ’– Domestic Violence agenciesย 
๐Ÿ’– School and other programmes

๐Ÿ’• We are #childsafe

All Care Kit contents are approved and reviewed
as safe and relevant
by Child Safety officers:

โ€œYour Care Kits are amazing.
They have everything a child needs and
nothing that they shouldnโ€™t have.โ€ย  (Child Safety Officer Qld, 2020)

Hundreds of items are needed for
hundreds of Care Kits every month.


You can help by donating any of the items listed below through a Donation Point near you or through a financial donation.

See our Facebook Page pinned post for urgent needs and updates.

Queensland's at risk children

The plight of children in crisis or care is heartrending:

๐Ÿ’” 11,730 Queensland children aged 0 to 17 were living away from home in Dec 2020.ย 
๐Ÿ’” The number of children in out-of-home care increased by another 1036 children
in just one year to 30 June 2020.
๐Ÿ’” 54.9% were Indigenous children
placed with kin, other Indigenous carers or Indigenous residential services
๐Ÿ’” ICE drug use impacting the safety of children is significant.
More than 1 in 3 children (39% or 1,036 children) who came into the care of the department
during the 12 months to June 2020 had a
parent with current or previous methamphetamine use recorded.
๐Ÿ’” 4,332 children were in need of protection from domestic violence as the child
did not have a parent willing and able to protect them.
๐Ÿ’” Another 2,441 children were living with one parent trying to escape domestic violence.
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๐Ÿ’”75% of households had multiple risk factors impacting safety of their children:
drug/alcohol misuse, mental illness, criminal history, domestic and family violence,
and parents having been abused as a child.

https://www.cyjma.qld.gov.au/about-us/performance-evaluations/our-performance/ongoing-intervention-phase/living-away-home
https://www.cyjma.qld.gov.au/about-us/performance-evaluations/our-performance/summary-statistics54.9@332
https://www.cyjma.qld.gov.au/about-us/performance-evaluations/our-performance/family-household-characteristics

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Handmade hearts
are placed in each Care Kit,
as unique as each child who receives them.
They are a pocket sized hug
from our community –
a message that each child matters,
and their community cares.

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๐Ÿ’•Thank you for caring๐Ÿ’•