Knit a scarf for foster children

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Project seeks to collect and deliver scarves for youth in foster care

Montana's Child and Family Services Division wants people who knit or crochet to participate in this year’s Red Scarf Project. 
The project, a partnership between the Montana Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (MCFCIP) and Reach Higher Montana, is collecting and delivering homemade red scarves to youth in foster care during the holiday season.
The Red Scarves will be included in care packages for all Montana youth currently or previously in care who are pursuing postsecondary education. The services offered by the program are intended to help Montana foster youth learn the life skills they need to make a successful transition into adulthood.
The Red Scarf Project ensures that Montana’s foster youth receive a homemade gift during the holiday season. “It’s so important that our foster youth continue to feel supported as they work hard pursue their educational goals,” said DPHHS Director Richard Opper. “In addition, the Red Scarf Project is a terrific way for those who enjoy the craft of knitting or crocheting to give back to their community.” 
Scarves should be roughly 60 inches long and between five and eight inches wide. They should be gender neutral and tie with ease. The scarves can include other colors, and other shades of red, but should definitely include red. The scarves will be distributed in late November.

tessa littlefield

According to Tessa Littlefield, the scarf could include a tag saying “Made with Care for You” and the first name, city, group affiliation (if any) of the person who created the scarf. 
The finished scarves can be mailed to:
Tessa Littlefield at the Child and Family Services Division, 301 S Park Ave, PO Box 8005, Helena, MT 59604-8005, or to Rhonda Safford, Reach Higher Montana, 40 W 6th Ave, Helena, MT 59601.
For more information, contact Tessa Littlefield at: or 406-841-2404.
About the Montana Chafee Foster Care Independent Program
The Montana Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (MCFCIP) is a part of the Child and Family Services Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services. Youth in foster care face unique and difficult challenges as they turn eighteen and leave the foster care system.

The services offered by the MCFCIP are intended to help Montana foster youth get the life skills they need to make a successful transition into adulthood. By assisting youth in achieving self-sufficiency and obtaining future goals, the MCFCIP enables youth in the foster care system to create a healthy lifestyle and a successful future. For more information go to

About Reach Higher Montana

The mission of Reach Higher Montana is to guide, prepare, and support Montana students with inspiration, information, and resources for college. Reach Higher Montana works closely with DPHHS to ensure that foster youth in Montana feel supported in their efforts to attain postsecondary education, by providing specific funding and programs to help these students reach their education goals. Learn more at

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