By Roesia Jacquet. Kids Room. Published at Thursday, April 11th, 2019 - 19:40:14 PM.
You want your foster child to feel comfortable in their room so it is important to understand if they want to spend time in their room, especially at first. If you are happy with food and drinks in the bedroom then you could leave a snack in their room for when they arrive, as they may too shy to ask for something to eat at first.
Most foster parents I know keep a small stash of stuffed animals on hand. You’d be surprised that even older kids often appreciate this. You don’t need a bunch, just keep a few different ones in the closet and let a new placement pick their favorite.
Preparation is key so get tidying and sorting so that the bedroom is ready and welcoming for when the child or young person arrives. Think about the age of your foster child and ensure that the bedroom is appropriate for them. For young children put some age appropriate toys in the room and for teenagers make sure the room doesn’t seem too young or childish for their age.
We’ve made recommendations for decorating an older foster child’s bedroom on the blog before and this post is worth reading if you know you’ll be caring for a child within this age group. Many of the points covered in this earlier article will apply whatever age the children are too. So, just to recap – selecting neutral colours for the walls will mean that the room doesn’t feel stereotyped. To allow for personalisation you could fit panels that can be painted and repainted according to children’s tastes, put pin boards on the walls for attaching photos or posters and you could even consider using chalk paint on a section of the room where young children can draw directly on the walls. As you get to know the child you can start adding personalised touches that make the space more their own – this could include peelable wall stickers with themed bedding and their toys.
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