Foster Hope

About Us

Foster Hope was started by two ladies in Auckland who are both huge supporters of helping others. They came up with an idea to help caregivers with practical support when they needed it most; when a child turns up on their door step late at night with very little and in some cases a rubbish bag of belongings.

‘Kits2Kids, as it was originally known, delivered its very first backpacks of essentials items throughout the Auckland area in 2010. Foster Hope has since grown from the early days and now has branches of volunteers throughout New Zealand, eager to support their region’s caregivers.

We rely on the incredible support of our community through both monetary and physical donations, alongside grants from both the public and private sectors.

As a policy, we do not apply to Lotto or Pub charities, as we feel this can be the underlying cause of the breakdown of so many families.

Foster Hope Charitable Trust is a registered charitable entity in terms of the Charities Act 2005. Registration No. CC43568.

Our Purpose & Mission

Foster Hope Charitable Trust believes that every child in care deserves to know that their community cares about them.


We demonstrate this by providing them with a backpack of essential items, they are a symbol of our support and love for both the children and their caregivers.

Many of these children arrive at their new placements with little more than the clothes on their backs.  Our backpacks bring a little hope into what is a very stressful time in their life.

“As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world for one person.”

Our Values