By Nathalia Denis. Kids Room. Published at Thursday, April 11th, 2019 - 04:24:33 AM.
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.
With foster care you can’t be certain what race the children placed with you will be. You can get a vague idea by looking at the demographics of your community, but you can’t be certain. Stock up on books that depict as many different children and families as possible. Buy dolls, action figures, and movies that depict diversity.
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.
If you only have one bedroom devoted to foster care, I would highly suggest a neutral paint color. You might think you are only taking boys, or only taking girls. But I’ve known many a foster parent to change their mind when the bedroom is empty and a little one has nowhere else to go. If you pick a more neutral paint color, it’s easy to personalize the walls with hanging art or wall stickers. My personal favorite color for adaptability is light green.
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