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Foster Care "My Bag" Program

While we know many districts already have programs to provide luggage for youth in care, OCFS is embarking on a new statewide initiative for our children in foster care: My Bag.

My Bag is a program to distribute duffel bags to LDSSs. When children are removed from their home, or moved from one foster home to another, they will have a bag of their own.

Vendors have been contacted regarding the purchase of three types of bags projected by age group:

  • Barrel duffel with strap (age 0-5);
  • Medium duffel (age 6-11); and
  • Heavy duffel (age 12+).

See the attached My Bag Program Letter and My Bag Request Form for more details.

Please send requests to Teresa Boykins at Teresa.Boykins@ocfs.ny.gov. All requests must be received by August 3, 2020 in order for an LDSS to be eligible for a My Bag distribution. There is no cost to the LDSS for bags or shipping.

If you have any questions, please contact David Haase at (518) 486-6404 or by email at David.Haase@ocfs.ny.gov.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of the children and families of New York.

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