Alicia's Closet is a nonprofit organization serving the foster care community in Central Ohio (Columbus/Franklin County and surrounding areas) and Northwest Ohio (Fremont/Sandusky County and surrounding areas). We provide infant to young adult sized clothing, shoes, coats, diapers & wipes, baby accessories and other essentials, at no cost to families.
We are happy to serve foster, kinship & reunified families (those who have had past foster care experience/or Children's Services involvement), as well as former foster youth. We are proponents of family preservation, and family restoration, whenever possible. We believe that building relationships and supporting the entire family are integral to the heart of foster care. We also believe that love is a verb - Alicia's Closet exists to support the foster care community through action, both children and their families & caregivers. Our mission encompasses Colossians 3:12-14: "...Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience...And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
By supplying much needed items to those who have been affected by foster care, we hope to help create a sense of comfort, normalcy and dignity during a very difficult, uncertain time. In the process, we also hope to create genuine connections and provide support to families/caregivers. (As an “extension” of Alicia’s Closet, we also lead a Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Family Support Group. Please click here for more information.)
As foster/adoptive parents ourselves, we understand firsthand the needs that exist within the foster care community. After becoming acclimated to life as foster parents in 2017, it quickly became apparent that tangible resources are a constant need, and thus, Alicia's Closet (named after our daughter) was born.
We are a family run organization and our children are our "why." They are an essential part of this organization; not only do they help sort and fold clothing, but they truly understand our mission as they have been in the shoes of the children we serve.
-Maya Ward (Alicia's Closet Founder) & husband Eric