By Denice Barthelemy. Kids Room. Published at Sunday, April 14th, 2019 - 03:56:55 AM.
First think about what your age range is, and then think about what kids that age might need immediately after arriving (before a shopping trip can happen). The main thing I would say every foster parent should have on hand is extra tooth brushes. That’s a definite for all ages. Combs and brushes. Baby shampoo. Deodorant. Hair detangler is a big one that foster parents often find they need immediately. If you plan to take babies or toddlers, pacifiers and a small pack of diapers in every other size are a good idea to have on hand. If you are open to taking emergency placements you might want to keep a stash of jammies, socks, and underwear in the drawer, although most clothing can be bought quickly, 2AM calls mean no time for shopping.
Hiding Place (Box for Items) – Some children have “stuff” with them from their home that they want to keep, but they don’t want to see it every day. They don’t want to talk about it, and they certainly don’t want other people having it. Providing a safe place to keep things like this can solve some issues. The child knows their items are safe. Plus, you know where they are and what they are.
From a furnishings perspective, some foster carers report that items such as pillows and bean bags are good additions that allow the child to be comfortable in the room whilst also acting as objects to vent anger and frustrations upon.
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.
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