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.


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
Time: 9 a.m.
Fee: $35 (regular walker); $10 (foster parent); $5 (child)


Can't make it to the walk but want to support Duffels for Kids? Register and choose "Virtual Walker" on the registration form.

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

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.

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

Pasco County (happening October 19, 2013)


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

Your company's name could be here! Learn more about being the Duffels for Kids Platinum/Event sponsor here.

Additional Sponsorships

Support Florida's kids in care ... become a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Supporting sponsor!

2014 Duffels for Kids Walk Vendors

Get your message out to foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers! Sell your wares! Set up a booth in the Jungle Island plaza for both Duffels for Kids walkers and Jungle Island parkgoers... Register and click "Vendor" on the registration form.

Want to Volunteer?

Complete the Duffels for Kids Walk Volunteer Application and we'll be in touch. This event is a great way for teens to get their volunteer hours for high school graduation!

2014 Notable Walk Attendees

Sports Bros.
The Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox and Ed Freeman, are Miami's premier radio talk show hosts, with a popular show featured on 560 WQAM. They are thrilled to be a part of the 2014 Duffels for Kids Walk team, giving you fresh sounds as you mingle and walk for Florida's kids!