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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 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

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