The Brown Bag Campaign

Coming to a newspaper near you!

The Brown Bag Campaign is Child and Family Services’ effort to call attention to children in foster care, and to the constant need for foster and adoptive parents to help care for them. The Campaign has raised more than $380,000 in support of children and families and has helped recruit many foster and adoptive families over the past 28 years. Thank you for your support of our work to nurture children and strengthen families.

Click here to learn more about foster and adoptive parenting.

Click here to learn more about donating to the work of CFS.

How Does the Campaign Work?

On any given day during the Brown Bag Campaign, readers of northern Michigan newspapers will find a small brown paper bag printed with a big message:  that despite having faced all too much trauma in their short lives, children are resilient and can overcome those experiences—particularly if people care to help. 

The bag doubles as a mailer. Please donate to Child and Family Services’ work to provide children in foster care and other programs with opportunities to heal and thrive. Click the button below to donate now, or call Child and Family Services at (231) 946-8975.


"The Brown Bag Campaign reminds us that children often come into foster care very quickly and suddenly, with their personal items stuffed into brown paper or plastic bags. It’s also a reminder that we need people who have the room in their hearts and homes to become foster and adoptive parents.  We are grateful to everyone who has helped make this effort so successful."

– Gina Aranki, CFS Executive Director

Ways to Give

Check, Cash, or Money Order:

Child & Family Services gratefully accepts donations payable to:

Child & Family Services
3785 Veterans Drive
Traverse City MI  49684

Child & Family Services
3434 M-119
Harbor Springs MI  49740

Credit Card Donations:

Credit card donations may be made via Paypal by clicking the button below, or by phone at (231) 946-8975.


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