Bringing Comfort Home- Official Site
Comfort Cases is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that provides children ages 0-18 who are in the foster care system with a bag filled with essential needs like soap and a toothbrush as well as comfort items, like a stuffed animal and a pair of pajamas.
Thousands of children enter the foster care system each year. Most carry little more than the clothes on their backs and are usually given a trash bag to hold their belongings. Comfort Cases was founded by Rob Scheer in 2013 with the hope that one day all these brave foster children will have more than a trashbag as they begin their journey to find a home.
Rob Scheer, a former foster child, is the father of 4 children adopted through the foster system with his husband, Reece. In January of 2009, they received a phone call that a 4 year old girl and her 2 year old brother were in need of foster care. They would be the 3rd foster home to these 2 children in 3 months. When Amaya and Makai arrived to their new home, they had trash bags filled with a few items. These bags contained their whole lives; outfits that were tattered and worn down.
Rob immediately flashed back to his days in the foster care system. He remembered beginning his difficult journey much the same way Amaya and Makai did, with a trash bag. More than 30 years later, he still remembers the trash bag filled with a used pair of pants and 2 stained shirts. After all these years...why haven't things changed for youth entering foster care?
Comfort Cases is currently100% volunteer run. In it's first year, we donated 700 bags to foster children in the Metropoitan DC area. Since 2013, Comfort Cases has donated over 22, 000 bags to children in the foster care system across 21 states and Washington DC. We still have a long way to go to bring dignity to these foster children Nationwide. Over 400, 000 children are in the foster system in the United States.
Every donation made goes directly into creating Comfort Cases for foster children. We have already made a big difference in the few years since we started and we know that with the help of all the generous people who want to make a impact in the lives of foster children we CAN do more!
With the $200,000 we raise, we will be able to purchase cases for over 40,000 foster youth to be filled with Comfort Case items.
Every child who receives a Comfort Case in the most difficult and trying time of their lives will be able to remember receiving a bag that was filled with new items; a blanket, a book, instead of remembering, like Rob and so many others, a trash bag. Please help us make better memories in these children's lives. We, and they, will forever be grateful!
Do outreach on our behalf. We would love to send our Cases to every state, and we are happy to ship them from our Center free of charge. So, please reach out to area agencies working with youth entering the foster care system (Child Protective Services, Child Welfare Services, etc.) and educate their staff about the existence of Comfort Cases. Give them our contact information so they can reach out to us and let us know what their needs are. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, phone number 301-605-7813.
Educate others in your networks about Comfort Cases, our mission and what we do.
Host a fundraiser to benefit Comfort Cases such as via your Facebook Page, an area restaurant, etc.
Organize and host a collection drive for lightweight items such as pajamas, backpacks, and/or stuffed animals that you can ship to our Comfort Cases National Center at 15825 Shady Grove Road, Suite 60, Rockville, MD, 20850.
Direct friends and family to our Amazon Wishlist - https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2HV3TCY24B10V, where we list our most needed items.
We are incredibly grateful for your offers of support, and we count on our community to help us reach as many youth in care as possible.
I was one of those kids. I really want this to happen in my state, North Carolina. How can I get involved? I will be donating. I would love to do more. I was separated from four siblings. I was six. I had a paper bag not even half full. This is so hard for kids of all ages. God bless you both.
Gender, race, sexual orientation, background...none are as important as possession of a kind and loving heart. WE are all blessed to bave two such wonderful people such as yourselves touch our lives and the lives of such deserving young souls. Bless you two and your beautiful family. Juliet from San Diego.
I saw your story on Ellen and while I'm certain many people offer to help, I'd like to as well. I'm an Investigative Social Worker in Kentucky for CPS and work on the front lines. Sadly, I'm the one walking these children out of their homes with trash bags in hand or in many cases just the clothes on their backs. It's already an incredibly heart breaking time in their lives and to top it off they have to walk away for everything they own. I'm very familiar with non profit organizations and have even started one in the past for a different reason. WHEN (because I do believe that with the grace of God, you will) get this amazing campaign to go across the United States, I would love to assist in Kentucky in any way that I can! God bless you and your mission and the love that you have not only for one another but those precious babies of yours! ❤️
I was a foster parent for five years, many years ago. Adopted one little one, who just turned 30. All my children came with a large garbage bag. A couple sets of dirty clothes and worn out stuffed animals. Ellen just gave you a big boost. Love that woman, and love you both!
Hey guys! Saw ya'll on Ellen and your story literally brought me to tears..I have so many friends who were in and out of the system as children..and it's heartbreaking. There is SUCH a huge need for programs like this here in the Phoenix-Metro Area..we have 18,000 children in the system here in Arizona. ♥ Thank you for all of the work that you do!! Much love!
I was one of those children! I'm now working with Usborne Books and More to promote literacy and all of my own four children will never know what I went through AND have a lifelong love of reading! Let me know if I can help you with books to put in each bag!! We have books from infant to young adult!! Please please please let me help you!!
What an awesome thing you are doing! I never knew there was a need for this. How sad for these children to have their possessions put in a trash bag. I can imagine how unwanted these kids feel! Brings tears to my eyes! Are you planning on opening other division of Comfort Cases across the United States?
Hi there, I too am a ex foster kid after luckily being adopted too. Sadly my brother has Fetal alcohol syndrome and wasn't as lucky as me to be adopted together because of this. I would love for this to come to the UK as there are so many children like me who have to carry there stuff round in a bin bag whilst moving place to place. if there is any way I could help please let me know. Tiffany x
I started making quilts for Foster Children for CaresNW.org in Portland, OR 10 years ago. Now I am in the Tampa Bay, FL area and work with International OUR Operation Underground Railroad and USIAHT US Institute against Human Trafficking. It's overwhelming - There is so much work to be done, so many children suffering. Donating locally. Children need families. Thank you for the inspiration to focus and get back to work.