By Stefania Brunet. Kids Room. Published at Thursday, April 11th, 2019 - 09:45:13 AM.
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.
This is what it looked like when we got called for our first placement, weeks ahead of when we were officially certified, with Four Hours notice of our first placement. If you are feeling antsy, we encourage you to make a list of things you need, plan ahead, have a game plan, and get ready to be flexible! We thought our first placement would be a school-age kiddo, but DHS called us with a 11-month old for our first kiddo.
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.
A new placement can take some adjusting for a foster child or young person as well as for you and your family. Sometimes things can get damaged or broken or it can take a while for your foster child to feel comfortable in their new placement, so understanding and patience are important at this stage.
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