By Reine Dupond. Kids Room. Published at Monday, April 15th, 2019 - 15:26:57 PM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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