The agency in your area may be called Child Protective Services (CPS) or Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). When you approach the agency have a demonstration bag with you so they can visualize what you are providing. Be ready with the time frame in which you are able to provide the bags in all the age ranges to get started. Take a Memorandum of Understanding [hyperlink to resources page] with you for them to sign. They may need to take it to a director for approval.
It can be difficult to reach someone at the agency by phone when you initially start an IMVO chapter. Instead, go to the local agency, bag in hand, and ask to speak to a social worker. Describe the program and show them the bag. It is fun to see the appreciation on their faces.
Always ask permission if you wish to include bible stories and/or bibles. Including them without permission can jeopardize the whole program. Many agencies allow them (especially in the bible belt of the USA) but other areas (i.e. North East USA) may not.