By Georgine Gerard. Kids Room. Published at Thursday, April 11th, 2019 - 02:31:24 AM.
When a person decides to become a foster parent, they often wonder the best way of setting up a bedroom for foster care. Waiting for the call is tough, and shopping and painting and all the decorating can be a fun way to pass the time. As tempting as it is to go overboard, my biggest advice is not to go overboard. I know how cute everything looks in a store when you’re bored. But who knows if you’ll ever have a placement during the summer who fits in 2t clothing and loves frilly dresses the way you love that adorable sleeveless thing you just saw on Etsy. Go minimal. You can always buy more specific things later when a placement arrives.
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.
I often hear people say they like to stock up on clothing and I will never understand this one. If you take emergency placements or live very far from a clothing store you might consider stocking up. But in most cases, stocking up on clothing isn’t worth it. Most people have at least an hour and often a day or two between a placement call and a child arriving. There is usually ample time to head to the store and grab a few things. Even after you say yes to a call, you still likely won’t want to stock up too much until you meet the child. Many children have very specific taste in clothing (at age 4 James would only wear jeans, meanwhile his best friend would only wear sweatpants). And without the child present, sizing things correctly is a stab in the dark. If you are a single foster parent or anticipate difficulty getting to the store after a new placement, just consider it time to spring for Amazon Prime.
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.
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