Lakeshore Foster Families & Friends step in to help foster and kinship families and children. Our goal is to make sure every placement provider has the resources they need to give children a safe and loving home. We hope to improve the experience of foster kids in every way we can. We are here to assist and show our respect to you and your families because you deserve it.

If you,  or someone you know, is a foster or kinship parent and would be interested in our programs, please reach out to us for more details at

Care Closet

Our Care Closet helps support children who are already placed but need extra support by giving them the next size in clothing, or winter items, or the items they are in need. The items in our Care Closet are all new items that have been donated. 

We have a wonderful partnership with Kids Gear in Manitowoc in which they will accept gently used kids' items on our behalf for a credit to our organization. When families reach out for needed items, we can send them to Kids Gear to use some of our credit.

Care Kits

Care Kits are filled with comfort and personal care items for children entering the foster care system. Typically, children are given a trash bag to pack up their belongings when they are removed from their homes. It is to help with the transition to a new home when children are placed with little to nothing. We are working to end this practice while providing the essentials for a child’s first few days in foster care.


Our Birthday Program provides foster and kinship children with a decorated birthday cake, and thanks to our generous sponsor, Epic Tree Care, a gift of up to $25. We have many bakery partners who will provide a customized, professional cake.

School Readiness

This service provides items necessary to prepare our foster/kinship kids for school. This includes things like backpacks, school supplies, clothing, shoes, and other items.

Graduation & Independence

This program is in development with guidance by the Kids at Hope philosophy; the goal is to ensure that children in out-of-home care have the support and resources they need after they go out on their own.


We have a private Facebook group called "Lakeshore Foster Families & Friends Support Group". This group is a private place for us to share ideas, events, and support each other when we cannot be together in person.

111 N. 10th Street

Manitowoc, WI 54420


Lakeshore Foster Families and Friends is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 83-1137745. All donations are tax-deductible.