Care Bags

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

Sis­ters launch ini­tia­tive to pro­vide cloth­ing and com­fort items for chil­dren en­ter­ing care.

NORTH­ERN sub­urbs sis­ters Sarah and Rachael Clancy launched an ini­tia­tive to sup­port vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren go­ing into care ear­lier this year.

Sarah said more than 1250 peo­ple had joined the ‘Care Bags – be­cause chil­dren in care mat­ter’ Face­book group since they started it 10 weeks ago.

“There has been a fan­tas­tic re­sponse to date but we are try­ing to spread the word to be able to reach even more vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren,” the Ridge­wood res­i­dent said.

Col­lec­tively mem­bers of the group have packed and do­nated about 320 care bags, which the sis­ters give to the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties to dis­trib­ute to chil­dren com­ing into foster care.

“Chil­dren en­ter care of­ten un­der cir­cum­stances that can be quite trau­matic, with at times the child hav­ing lit­tle more than the clothes they are wear­ing,” Sarah said.

“Our aim is that ev­ery child who en­ters care re­ceives a care bag to pro­vide them with com­fort but more im­por­tantly a mes­sage that some­one cares.

“We want kids to have enough to get through the first cou­ple of days.

“The care bags will con­tain tooth­brush and tooth­paste, hair brush, py­ja­mas, two out­fits of clothes and a com­fort item.”

Sarah said the com­fort items could be teddy bears, blan­kets, jour­nals, story books, toys or colour­ing-in books. She said they had al­ready dis­trib­uted bags to child pro­tec­tion of­fices across Perth and planned to de­liver more to re­gional of­fices such as Kal­go­or­lie, Laver­ton and the Wheat­belt.

“We are start­ing to go to the re­gional ar­eas – they prob­a­bly have a greater need than the ci­ties be­cause their ac­cess to shops is less,” she said.

The mother-of-two said their chil­dren had been in­volved in putting to­gether the bags and many other par­ents were tak­ing the same ap­proach.

“We get a lot of pri­vate mes­sages from peo­ple who are get­ting their chil­dren in­volved,” she said.

To get in­volved, join the ‘Care Bags – be­cause chil­dren in care mat­ter’ group.

Rachael Clancy with son Tyler and Sarah Clancy with daugh­ter Caylee and son Jesse.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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