Supporting families within the child welfare system.
What We Do
Our heart is to support families and children within the child welfare system. This includes foster, adoptive, kinship caregivers, and reunified families.
Children's Lantern works diligently to provide tangible and needed resources to the families we serve, as well as providing support by way of connecting with children and caregivers through activities, events, and emotional support on a continual basis.
Hope House Boutique Being a foster, adoptive, or kinship caregiver can be overwhelming at times. We understand the demands on time, money, and resources can be great when caring for children in the welfare system. Children's Lantern provides items free of charge through our Hope House Boutique.
At Hope House Boutique, youth & their caregivers are encouraged to shop for needed items which may include new pajamas, shoes, socks, underwear, diapers/wipes, hygiene items, and gently used or new seasonal clothing. Through our boutique-themed setup, we aim to boost a child's confidence & self esteem as they "shop" for the essentials in a quiet and welcoming environment. We strive to let our children know they are so loved, cared for, and known.
Have an emergency placement or just not able to come up and shop? We understand! Contact Abbie with your current needs and she will gather available items and arrange for pickup.
We also host an annual Back to School Bash where children receive new backpacks, school supplies, shoes, and haircuts - absolutely free.
In the event that we are not able to fulfill a request for crucial clothing/hygiene items, we are able to give out gift cards on an as-needed basis. Hope House Request Form click here We are blessed to be able to fulfill needs for weighted blankets for children with sensory or trauma-related needs. An online application can be found by clicking here.