Children taken into the foster care system, often arrive with very little… no coat, clothes, shoes, underwear or pajamas. They need it all.

Kristi Cundiff is CEO of Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents, a statewide advocacy group. Her group is partnering with Northside Community United Methodist Church to provide a free clothes closet for local foster families. The group also helps with items like car seats and play pens.

“Our goal here is to help foster families have everything that they need,” said Cundiff.

Pastor Clark Cowden hopes that along with stocking the shelves with practical items, the church can also provide something more.

“We’re also hoping this can be kind of a connecting point for parents who are looking for moral support and spiritual and mental support. We’re a church that has a heart for kids and parents and families.”

Cundiff’s advocacy group also works to recruit more foster parents, and they’re working to convince the state to provide greater financial support to the families.

“It’s a job that’s not taken lightly, we do it out of love for the child,” said Cundiff.

The clothes closet will service foster families in Vigo, Sullivan, Clay, Parke and Vermillion counties. It is located at Northside Community United Methodist Church, 1075 North Fruitridge Avenue in Terre Haute.

Operation hours for the resource will be Monday thru Thursday from 9am to 1pm and 6pm to 8pm. Saturday hours will be 9am to noon.

Click here to connect to Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents.