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Rob Scheer        

Founder of Comfort Cases & Foster Care Advocate

At any given time, there are approximately 437,000 youth in foster care in the United States. An estimated 700 children enter the system each day, and most arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. Those who do have belongings are often given a trash bag in which to pack up and carry their life’s treasures.

Rob Scheer experienced this indignity firsthand. Over forty years ago, he entered foster care and walked up to his foster home carrying a tattered and torn trash bag. He aged out of foster care at the age of 18, became homeless, and again carried his possessions in a trash bag.

After serving in the military and moving on to have a successful career as a banker, Scheer, along with his husband Reece, decided to grow their family by adopting from the foster care system. Eleven years ago, four of his children arrived on his doorstep with their belongings in trash bags. Scheer was floored. How, after forty years, were children in the foster care system still carrying their things in a bag used for trash?

Scheer and his family decided it was time to change this practice and the idea for Comfort Cases was born. With the vision of assembling backpacks filled with comfort and personal care items to deliver to local DCFS, the Scheer family invited their community to pack some cases. The first Packing Party was held in December of 2013 and shortly thereafter Comfort Cases was established as an official 501(c)3.

Since being founded in 2013, Comfort Cases has been featured on The Ellen Show, The Today Show, The View, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, just to name a few. In 2017, an Upworthy video featuring Comfort Cases received over 150 million views and in 2018 Rob Scheer was named one of CNN's Heroes. Rob and Reece Scheer are also featured in Bryce Dallas Howard’s documentary film Dads on AppleTV+.

Scheer is the host of Fostering Change, a weekly audio and video podcast that brings in guests of prominence who discuss issues regarding foster care, adoption, LGBTQ+ and other timely and topical issues. Now in its 3rd year, Fostering Change is ranked the #1 Podcast for Adoption and Foster Care issues.

The author of "A Forever Family: Fostering Change One Child at a Time," Scheer's memoir tells the inspiring story of his journey from foster care to foster parent and his drive to rebuild a broken system.

To date, over 170,000 Comfort Cases and Comfort XL duffel bags have been distributed to children in foster care in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and now in the United Kingdom, with Comfort CasesUK launched in 2022. Scheer’s ultimate goal is for every youth to receive a Comfort Case upon entering foster care.

In May, 2022, Rob received an Honorary Doctoral Degree, a Doctorate of Humane Letters, from Lynn University, where he also delivered the commencement speech.

Scheer lives in Maryland with his husband Reece, their five children and multiple pets including dogs, goats, chickens and a pig named Penelope.

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Once a foster child himself, he's launched a drive to show every ...
Rob Scheer hugs his son Makai at their home in Darnestown, Md. Rob and his husband, Reece, have adopted four children through the foster-care system.
CNN Hero Rob Scheer - CNN Video
Rob Scheer's nonprofit, Comfort Cases, has assembled and distributed more than 20000 backpacks full of necessities for children in foster care.
How a nightmare childhood inspired his one-of-a-kind gifts - CNN
CNN Hero Rob Scheer's non-profit, Comfort Cases, provides backpacks stocked with personal hygiene necessities, books and stuffed animals to thousands of ...

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