Oaks Integrated Care

When children have to enter a shelter or foster care, they leave behind everything from their favorite stuffed animal to their toothbrush. This is where The Bag Project can make a tangible difference: providing these children with basic necessities and comfort items when they need it most.

Research has shown (The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study or ACE Study), that a person’s cumulative ACEs score or adverse experiences have a strong relationship to a variety of health, social and behavioral problems.

The Problem

NUMBER OF BAGS DISTRIBUTED SINCE MARCH 2016:

  - 2200+ EMERGENCY BAGS TO INFANTS, CHILDREN & TEENS IN CRISIS.  

  - 850+ ACTIVITY BAGS INTO THE HANDS OF CHILDREN & TEENS IN TRANSITION.  ​


THE BAG PROJECT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF CHILDREN.

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* NJ DCF, 2012
** American Community Survey, 2006



The Bag Project is transforming the experiences of children navigating through crisis and transition.


We do this in a tangible way: by providing children in crisis with a high-quality, age-appropriate bag filled with basic necessities and comfort items which they may not otherwise receive and, hopefully, lessen the effects of a traumatic experience. 


comfort in action: The Bag Project recipients Provide Bags To Children in Crisis

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Comforting kids in crisis

Department of Child Protection & Permanency (formally DYFS)

 - Atlantic West                                            - Somerset 

 - Mercer County South                               - Union County East

 - Mercer County North                               - Union County West

 - Warren County                                         - Burlington East

 - Camden East                                           - Burlington West

 - Camden Central                                      - Gloucester East 

 - Camden South                                        - Gloucester West

- Ocean County North                                - Monmouth North

 - Ocean County South                               - Monmouth South

- Middlesex Central                                     - Western Essex Central

- Middlesex Coastal                                    - Western Essex North

- Milddlesex West                                       - Western Essex South

What's In A Bag

Clearly children's needs go far beyond what can fit in a bag, but The Bag Project bag filled with necessities and comfort items is a start.  It shows them that they matter, that someone cares.  Now they have a few items of their own and a bag in which to put them. 


Emergency Bags are used when a child is in crisis, removed from an unsafe home, enters foster care or enters a homeless or domestic violence shelter. 


Infant Bags are used when an infant is removed from an unsafe home, picked up from a maternity ward, enters foster care or enters a homeless or domestic violence shelter.


Activity Bags are used when a child is waiting for services, waiting for a parent/guardian to receive services or the bag will be used as an ice breaker with a service provider.


Start filling one today.



  • Donate funds.
  • Become a donation drop off site.
  • Host a "bag drive" in your community. 


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How You Can Help

The Bag Project recipients are existing non-profit organizations who are successfully transforming the lives of children and youth in the greater Mercer County (New Jersey) area.  The Bag Project was created to support the work of these non-profit organizations and meet an expressed need for tangible items for children.

Our Mission