Ventura County Foster Parent Association

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Donate and Help Rachael's Closet Today!

Rachael’s Closet is an all-volunteer program funded and administered by the Ventura County Foster Parent Association. Any donations of goods or funds are a tax-deductible donation under IRS requirements.

Rachael’s Closet was created in 2011 based on the recognition that everyone needs help!  Caring for children in out-of-home placement, being a child who is in care, or being a biological parent that has worked hard to regain custody of your children isn’t the easiest thing to do.  We know that sometimes a simple offer of help can change the course of events for the better and make all the difference in the world.

We are different from other organization in the community because while we are all volunteers, we are also Foster Parents, Relative Care Providers, Advocates, Attorneys, Doctors and other professionals who have years of experience to reply upon to support you.  We don’t just offer clothes or “things” you might need, we offer our fellowship, support, and mentorship to help you make your life easier.  Our team of volunteers, led by Lisa Pugh, are there for you when you need it. Best of all - we help you with no strings attached. We don't require a referral, we are not directly affiliated or managed by any county or state agencies, our services are free and confidential and support all members of community equally - regardless of age, gender, sexual identity, or faith.

Our services are all free of charge but are intended for care providers, kinship providers, biological parents, and foster parents who have a valid placement of one or more children currently in their care who are under court-ordered jurisdiction (an open case), including Family Maintenance.

How can you help?

Make a Cash Donation

Cash Donations enable us to have the means to make our own purchase of goods based on our most pressing needs! Donate Today

Our Amazon Wish List!

Want to help but just don’t have time? Purchase an item from our Amazon wish list and you can help a family or child in your community right from your couch!

Join Amazon Smile

Every time you shop on Amazon.com a percentage of every item you purchase is directly donated to our organization! It's easy, free, and simple to sign-up! Join today and give a smile!

Host a Donation Drive

Organize your company, organization, friends, and community to help you make a BIG impact with your own donation drive. Spread word about our program. Solicit and Collect Donations of Goods. We'll even help support your effort!

Making a Tax-Deductible Donation of Goods

We love your donations of new or gently used goods!  We'll even pick them up from you!

Just a couple of quick notes about donated items…

We ask that donated items are new or nearly new condition and do not include any food, candy, gum, water, money or razors.  We also ask that you PLEASE DO NOT donate dirty, stained, torn, or broken items and items with missing parts as this actually COSTS OUR ASSOCIATION valuable resources in disposing of them at our cost. Rule of thumb – If you wouldn’t let your child wear it or play with it then please don’t donate it!

 

Acceptable Donations of Goods

New or gently used and up-to-date clothing. Preemie to teen sizes. Please ensure that clothing is clean, stain and hole free. Undergarments should be new (underwear & socks).
CLEAN and very gently used or new shoes are accepted. Infant through young adult sizes. Please ensure that shoes are CLEAN, not torn, and are odor free.
Infant, Toddler (forward or rear facing) and booster seats are accepted. MUST not be expired. This would generally be six years or less from the manufacturer date on seat.
We accept Cribs – but – due to recent changes in licensing requirements – they must not be drop-sided.  We accept toddler beds, dressers, bookcases, etc.  No cracked or peeling paint or chew marks.   Mattresses should have NO rips or tears AND should not be soiled or stained.
Sheets and Blankets. Twin, Toddler, and crib sizes. Please ensure that bedding is clean, stain and hole free. We do not accept bumper-pads.
Baby Swings, Strollers, Highchairs, Bouncy Seats, Baby Carriers, Bassinets, Pack-n-Plays, Blankets and Sheets. All types and styles accepted. Please ensure that they are clean and have no broken or missing parts and have not been recalled.
Diapers and pull-ups – all sizes, Formula (formula must be unopened and within expiration date).
New and gently used accepted. NO STUFFED ANIMALS. Please ensure items are WORKING and are clean and have no broken or missing parts

Want to make a donation of goods or items?

Schedule a pick-up or drop off now!