By Stefania Brunet. Kids Room. Published at Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 - 23:00:35 PM.
Communication Board – Talking can be intimidating. Using a communication board or a worry board, for children in crisis can keep a line of communication open without them needing to talk. This does not have to be a public board. A small dry erase board in the child’s bedroom works well. I like to have it close to their bed, so they can easily jot down what they are thinking about while going to sleep.
Prior to our first placement, we thought we were prepared for a kiddo being placed in our home. Now, after 12 placements, and a 13th coming at the end of the month, ranging in age from 11-months to 16-years (no, we do not have 13 kids, that is how many we have cared for in our home), we feel like we are actually prepared.
Many people have asked us to write a post with tips for preparing a room for a placement. Given the popularity of our Foster Care Wishlist post, and the request for a room specific post, we decided to make it happen. Here are some steps to go through so that you are more prepared than we were! Also its a great way to keep your hands busy while you wait for the call.
If you already have children in your home you probably don’t need to worry about this one. But if becoming a foster parent for the first time also means you are becoming a parent for the first time (or the first time in a long time), stock up on a few toys that are popular across a large expanse of ages. Play-Doh, art supplies, a play kitchen, hot wheels, a soccer ball… don’t go nuts. You are going to want to get to know a child and buy them things specific their interests. But definitely have a few things on hand that have immediate appeal.
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