Chattanooga group starts 'kids closet' for foster families
One Chattanooga organization is working to better serve foster parents and their children. There are currently more than 8,000 children in foster care in Tennessee.
Saturday, January 24th 2015, 10:51 pm EST
Saturday, January 24th 2015, 10:56 pm EST
One Chattanooga organization is working to better serve foster parents and their children. There are currently more than 8,000 children in foster care in Tennessee. The group recently started the 'Fostering Hope Kids Closet.'
"Having a resource like this is a huge help," says Amanda Senentz.
Senentz is president of the non-profit, Chattanooga Area Foster and Adoptive Care Association, providing support and training for foster and adoptive families. A few months ago, the organization started the new venture, the 'Fostering Hope Kids Closet.'
"It's been a dream of our association to have a place that we can collect donations for the foster families in the Hamilton County area," says Senentz.
It is now a reality thanks to individuals, churches, and other organizations lending a hand.
"It's really hard to keep items on hand when you don't know if you're going to get a newborn or a 12 year old," says Senentz.
"Thank you to all the people who work so hard to put this together," says foster parent Kelley Farmer.
Farmer is currently fostering a young boy and girl.
"It's nice to have a place where you can go and get what you need for the kids right away," she says.
Farmer says thanks to the kids closet, her children now have what they need.
"Dresses and pajamas," she says, and all at no cost.
"I occasionally bring her new items, mostly, that I find maybe on sale or that I've had around the house," says Robin Harrington.
Harrington says she tries her best to donate when she can.
"It means a lot to me to be able to do something like this rather than just taking it to a thrift shop where it might not necessarily go to someone who really needs it."
"Hopefully every season we'll have an open shop day but we'll also, any time somebody needs something, they can also call and we'll help them," says Senentz.
The Kids Closet is located off Highway 58. For more information you can call (423) 910-957 or click on the group's Facebook page,