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Supporting Resource Families in the Lehigh Valley and Surrounding Area
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The Kindness Project is an all-volunteer, donation-based, nonprofit organization created to provide support to foster families in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. We supply clothing, shoes, furniture and other essential items free of charge as children in the foster care system are placed in their homes. Our physical shop, "The Kindness Exchange," is located in Emmaus, PA.

Our mission is to create a kind and caring community for
resource families and children in foster care throughout the Lehigh Valley.

By providing children with new or gently used clothing and other supplies, we hope to raise their self-esteem and confidence in any circumstances. Children can visit and have a choice in what they want to wear and play with.

We hope to defray any financial burden, especially in emergency placement situations, where buying items like cribs, strollers, car seats, and diapers can add up very quickly.

Our long-term goal is to provide other services such as free tutoring, lessons in music, horseback riding, and sports, as well as educational family events, which would allow these children to have the same opportunities as their peers who are not in foster care.

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FOSTER CARE FACTS

Over 443,000 U.S. children were in foster care as of 2018. The majority of children entering foster care are less than one year old.

In 2016, Pennsylvania had 44,359 total referrals for child abuse and neglect, up 66% from 2012, the highest number of reports recorded to date. 

The number of Lehigh County foster care referrals doubled between 2016 to 2017.

In 2016, approximately 81,884 grandparents in Pennsylvania had the primary responsibility of caring for their grandchildren.

47% of children entering foster care are white, 21% are black/African American, and 20% are Hispanic. Over 75% of youth in foster are separated from their siblings.

Neglect/abuse is the number one reason for children entering foster care (62%).
118,000 children in the U.S. are awaiting adoption.

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