Back To School Drive

The Back-to-School Essentials Drive

Your Complete Guide to Supporting Children in Foster Care for Back-to-School

For foster children, the nerves of starting a new school year are about more than having a cool backpack. Many are going to a new school, in a new town, and living with a new family. Foster children deserve to walk through the hall on their first day feeling like themselves- not worried about anyone seeing them as “foster kids.”

Foster parents spoke loud and clear! This year’s Back-to-School Drive goes beyond supplies (think backpacks, pencils) to include clothes and shoes for Pre-K to 12th graders. Help us stock the shelves!

We know, back-to-school shopping is also about giving the special kids in your life those outfits to help them feel confident on their first day of school. This is your chance to be a #FosterAlly and add a foster child’s needs to your shopping list this year.


We will not be able to reach our goal to serve every child in foster care who needs us with collection drives alone. Kids in foster care, from tiny tots to young adults, need more than just pencils! Your donation helps us bridge the gap and get them everything they need to rock their first day of school.

back to school sponsors

More Way to Help

Foster Children for Back-to-School!


There are plenty of opportunities to give your time and energy to support children in foster care. Fill out the volunteer interest form in the link below, and you will be the first to hear about upcoming opportunities. During the back-to-school season, our volunteers can pack backpacks with school supplies, and create essentials kits with socks, underwear, and shoes.

volunteer helping load supplies

Host a Drive

Everyone can help donate to children in foster care by hosting a back-to-school drive. Drive flyers, drive boxes, and decals can be picked up at TFA’s Phoenix Office Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. No Appointment Necessary. You can also download and print flyers here.

Check out this article, 4 TIPS & TRICKS TO HAVE THE BEST BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVE EVER brought to you by the experts of the foster care back-to-school drive, the team at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s.

For #FosterAllies outside of Phoenix, check out our “Host a Drive” page for more details.

Shop Our Wishlist

A perfect option for busy families, you can give to foster children who need our support by visiting our Amazon Wish Lists. You can easily shop online or via the Amazon mobile app, and the items will be delivered directly to The Foster Alliance Resource Center in Phoenix.