In the world of foster care, trash bags are often synonymous with luggage. It shouldn't be and the Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association is doing something about it. Through the Duffels for Kids program, every child in foster care will receive a free duffel bag to call his or her own, even as they transition back to their biological parents or to another permanent family.

Duffels for Kids distribution is coordinated by FSFAPA's board, with the help and support of local foster parent associations, community-based care organizations and guardian ad litems. Caregivers are able to request a duffle bag for their youth in care through FSFAPA's our online request form or through FSFAPA's regional vice presidents.


Every day, a child in care transitions into another home without proper luggage. Help the Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association break the cycle! Support the 2014 Duffels for Kids Walk on May 17. May is National Foster Care Month so you'll have a chance to come out and support the children AND their caregivers. We're ensuring that EVERY foster youth has a duffel to call their own... because trash bags shouldn't be a substitute for luggage...


What: Duffels for Kids Walk
When: May 17, 2014
Where: Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132
Time: 9 a.m.
Fee: $35 (regular walker); $10 (foster parent); $5 (child)

Want to donate to the Duffels for Kids program?


View the photos from the 2013 Duffels for Kids Walk here!

A few notes about Duffels for Kids from our foster parents:
"Thank you for providing the duffel bags for my children! I will be able to fill them up nicely!!" ~Lisa A.

"2 little girls are moving for relative care on Friday. They will have a beautiful (huge) bag full of their new clothing and whatever else will fit in the car. Thank You." ~Keith B.

Donate directly to Duffels for Kids through our PayPal link:


We're chronicling our distributions throughout the state! View our Facebook page for photos.

Miami-Dade/Monroe Counties

Orange County


Contact T. LaShaun Wallace, Duffels for Kids coordinator, at duffels4kids@floridafapa.org or 954.699.0844. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @Duffels4Kids for frequent updates on the walk and program!

2014 Duffels for Kids Walk

Platinum -- $10,000

Our Kids

Additional Sponsorships

Louis Skinner Foundation -- $3,500

Citrus Health Network -- $1,000

LeBron James Family Foundation -- $500

Whole Foods Market South Beach -- Donate Your Dime*

*About Donate Your Dime: Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives 10 cents per bag to customers who re-use their own shopping bags for their purchased groceries? This program reduces the impact on the environment, and supports local nonprofit groups. Customers have the choice to accept their cash refund, or donate the cash back to the store’s chosen nonprofit organization, or to the Whole Planet Foundation.

Community Initiatives Foundation -- Duffel Bags

2014 Notable Walk Attendees

Gilda Ferradaz, regional managing director for the Florida Department of Children and Families Southern Region, is celebrating National Foster Care Month with us!

Jennifer Puig
Jennifer Puig, a dance facilitator certified in dance movement therapy, will be joining us at 11 a.m. to lead a short routine for our walkers -- adults and children. See you Saturday!