"There were like hundreds of people wanting particular children so it depends on need," Willow said. "If a child has very high medical need, there are usually only a few families that apply. So children with less needs, there were more families."

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Comfort & Care Program

When children are placed into foster care, they are usually taken from their home rather quickly with a garbage bag that only contains a few of their personal items: a pair of pants, a t-shirt, a few socks and pairs of underwear, and that’s about it. During this episode, described by many children as the most traumatic experience in their lives, they leave behind their necessities and comfort, like a toothbrush, toys, and favorite sweatshirt.  This program bridges that gap of leaving their personal things behind, and provides not only a caring presence, but offers comfort and a sense of self-worth.  That Judson Center cares and will not just take a child and place them in a safe environment, but will also provide comfort for that child.

At initial placement, the child will receive a new backpack that will include age and gender-appropriate necessities and comfort to help with their transition.  Each suitcase is custom-made for the child needs.

Interested in providing comfort and care to a child in need? Please contact Peggy Kerr at 248.837.2019 or peggy_kerr@judsoncenter.org.

Foster child holding teddy bearComfort:

Bag (duffel or large back pack)
Body wash
Pillow with pillow case
Toothbrush and paste

Infant and toddlers:



Hair accessories
Fuzzy Slippers
Picture Frame
Stuffed Animal 

Due to the nature of the work we do, Judson Center upholds the privacy of the children, adults and families we serve. Therefore, photos and names may be changed to protect identity.