The Kindness Project provides free support to foster families across eastern Pennsylvania by offering essential items for the children in their care. Children are often placed into foster care with no personal items. Through our shops, The Kindness Exchange, located in Emmaus, PA, and The Kindness Cottage, in Stroudsburg, PA, youth from ages newborn to young adults are provided with stylish new or like new clothing, shoes, hygiene items, beds and other key items to help meet their most immediate needs.

OUR MISSION: To provide a brighter future for children in foster care by offering free essential resources and enrichment opportunities.

Our vision is a community of support for foster families and children. In addition to our current services for tangible goods, our Kindness Connections Program offers free tutoring, in-kind support for extra-curricular activities (music, swimming, horseback riding, and sports), as well as educational and social family events, which allow children in foster care to have the same opportunities as their peers who are not in foster care.

THE KINDNESS PROJECT IS A FULLY DONATION-BASED, VOLUNTEER-DRIVEN, 501(C)3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION UNDER EIN 84-2299018.

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FOSTER CARE FACTS

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

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

REFERRALS

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. 

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Neglect/abuse is the number one reason for children entering foster care.

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

GRANDPARENTS

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

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