1 in 10 children change homes three times in their first year in care 1 child goes into care every 15 minutes |

When you have nothing, everything is important


Inspiring communities to bring dignity and hope to children and young people in the care system by providing essential items of comfort and necessity to those in need. 


Every year, 36,000 new children enter the care system. That’s one child every 15 minutes. 

These children often move homes multiple times a year and under emergency circumstances, with a little more than the clothes on their backs. 

Comfort Cases UK provides children entering the care system with a bag of bespoke belongings (comfort cases) they can call their own when they have been removed from everything and everyone they know. Filled with essential and comforting items such as, books, PJs, toiletries, soft toys, blankets and even SIM cards for older children.

Four out of five children report their treasured belongings are shoved in bin bags when they move from home to home – risking precious memories being lost or damaged. Comfort Cases are invaluable and offer far more than just the items inside – they offer a sense of belonging, safety and security to children when everything is crumbling around them.

Comfort Cases UK volunteers fill the rucksacks with essential items of comfort and necessity and the charity works with over 100 local authority teams, organisations, NHS trusts and residential care homes to distribute the rucksacks to those in need within local communities.

Because when you have nothing, everything is important.

107,317 children in the UK are currently in care


8,335 children have been gifted a Comfort Case since 2020


35 local authorities supported across the UK


Over £40,000 worth soft toys sent during 2023


Over 2,000 young people have replaced a bin bag with a Comfort Duffel XL 


Comfort Cases UK impact across the UK


We work with Local Authorities, Independent Foster Agencies, National and Regional Associations and Charities to provide children with Comfort Cases at the point at which they enter their new home, whether it be temporary, emergency or permanent.

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"Comfort Cases not only provides the practical that can make a difference to a child, it provides a message of nurturing care; that 'you matter'. And that is the essential message our children need and deserve. That is the message our children need to not only survive but to thrive. YOU MATTER."

Elizabeth Utting, Forensic Psychologist

Famous Former Foster

Bet you didn’t know that these famous people were famous former foster!

British Olympic Javelin Thrower - Born in London to Cypriot parents, Fatima Whitbread endured a disturbed childhood after being abandoned by her mother as a baby and spent her first 14 years in a variety of care homes.

Irish BAFTA actor - Following his mother’s passing, he experienced a tumultuous period, residing in 13 different foster homes. Reflecting on those times, he expressed, “As a kid, you don’t know what is happening. You get attached to one place and boom… you have to move to a new one.”

English Actress and Director - Morton was first taken into care as a baby. She never learned why as a child, and remains unsure to this day. Everybody concerned - mother, father, social services - has a different version of the truth. Family life was certainly not helped when her father got the 15-year-old babysitter pregnant (he went on to marry her) and her mother moved in with an alcoholic. There were times when Morton returned to live with her father until she was eight. Then she was made a ward of court, which meant she could never return home - again, something she didn't know at the time.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia and Rotten Tomatoes

Help children in foster care today

Please do get in touch today to find out how you can support Comfort Cases UK and support a child in foster care today.