MyPack first-night backpacks

MyPack is an Adopt Change initiative to provide first-night packs to children and young people (3+ years) entering of out-of-home care, who sometimes enter care with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. The MyPacks include first night items such as a soft toy, hand-made blankets, pyjamas, underwear, toothbrush, toothpaste, water bottle, colouring book/pad and a pencil case with textas.

A huge thank you to our wonderful community who provide lovingly hand-made blankets (knitted and quilted) and provide soft toys so that the children and young people know that they are cared for. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

Adopt Change passionately believes MyPacks provide immeasurable emotional benefits to a child or young person arriving on their first night in out-of-home care.

The cosiness of a hand-blanket;  a backpack that is your own when your world appears frightening and unsafe;  a special Teddy Bear that is uniquely yours to provide comfort and textas to express your feelings when you cannot find the words.

These are all emotional benefits that cannot have a monetary value placed upon them.

To date, 1,055 MyPacks have been assembled, delivered and distributed by Adopt Change across New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.  Adopt Change is continually looking for sponsorship or grants to provide MyPacks nationwide.  Adopt Change are able to provide MyPacks to organisations via a fee-for-service model upon request.

If you’d like to support Adopt Change to continue with our work, you can:

  • Donate financially via our website Donations page. All financial support is greatly appreciated.
  • Knit blankets to include in the packs to assist with adding a touch of handmade care to the pack. To fit in the backpacks they are around 1 metre by 1 metre in size. 8ply is recommended. Handmade items provide a caring touch to the packs!
  • Donate new items for the packs including pjs, toothbrushes, colouring books, backpacks, and other items. Please contact us to find out what our current needs are for these items prior to purchasing these.

You can contact us about the packs to donate knitted blankets, or for enquiries relating to the provision of packs for your department/agency for children in care.

Email us Email

Postage details

NSW |  PO Box 595 Dulwich Hill 2203 

VIC  |  P.O Box 4217, Alfredton  Victoria 3350

Adopt Change talks MyPacks with Studio 10

Thank you also to the following foundations who have provided grants, and/or support, to allow us to deliver MyPacks.

Each year approximately 2,422 children enter out-of-home care in Queensland.  Nambour, in Southern Queensland was identified as an area of high need.  Through the support of the Sundale Community Foundation 60 MyPacks have been assembled and distributed to Nambour.  We greatly appreciate the support of Anglicare Southern Queensland and Church of Christ Southern Queensland for distributing the MyPacks to children and young people in out-of-home Ccre.

Approximately 208 children and young people entering out-of-home care in Tasmania each year. The Tasmanian Expansion Project will deliver 670 MyPacks over 36 months to children and young people in out-of-home care in Tasmania.