Success StoryExtension Homemaker Community Service Project



Extension Homemaker Community Service Project

Author: Brenda Cockerham

Planning Unit: Johnson County CES

Major Program: Child Development General

Plan of Work: Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

Outcome: Initial Outcome

The problem: Substance Use Disorders are a substantial reason for children entering into the foster care program. The Johnson County Extension Homemakers determined that providing a hand-made quilt to each child entering into the system may provide some degree of support and perhaps lead to a step toward healing from traumatic situations incurred. 


The educational program response:

JC FCS initiated basic quilt trainings and worked with the Sheriff of Johnson County along with a retired Judge to identify things that could be done to support the effort of protecting children and supporting a more positive journey to good health. 


The participants/target audience:

There are approximately 1-2 children per week that enter the foster care program in Johnson County due to this situation according to the judicial system.

The goal was set to create 50 quilts to be put into backpacks along with personal care products, and a handmade card designed to share a message of hope and love. 

Other partners (if applicable):

Extension Homemakers, Quilters, community volunteers, the Sheriff's Office, and DCBS


Program impact or participant response:

Fifty quilt were made with for than 60 participating in the process. The method of quilt design was to paint an average of 8 blocks per quilt that featured favorite children themes. Fifteen volunteer seamstresses and quilters helped assemble the quilt and Extension Homemakers assembled the backpacks. These were delivered to the Sheriffs office for officers to have on hand for emergency calls.






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