Every child emergently placed with the Department of Children and Families should have something special. Something that is theirs.
The Pieces of Home Backpack Project was formed to provide these children with a 24 hour survival kit.
The Pieces of Home Backpack Project - Mission Statement
The Pieces of Home Backpack Project was implemented at Boston Medical Center to serve children who are in the first phase of foster care, the emergency removal from an unsafe situation. These children are exiting situations that have been unsafe and unpredictable. Still, the vast majority of children feel anxiety and fear in leaving the life they have known, regardless of the pain that may have been present as well. It is very important to provide emotional and physical support to these children during the initial hours of an emergency response.
The Pieces of Home backpack project was formed to provide every child discharged to the care of DFS with a stuffed backpack. The backpack includes new pajamas, underwear, small toys, a snuggly animal, a fleece blanket and books. This provides these displaced children with a sense of ownership and brings a small amount of normalcy to an unfamiliar and scary situation.