By Fabienne Lefebvre. Kids Room. Published at Sunday, April 14th, 2019 - 00:08:36 AM.
Climate Control – The room must have a heat source and a source of air conditioning in the summer. These requirements vary based on climate and state. For instance, there are some northern states that do not require air conditioning. Be sure to check with your state or sub contracted agency for requirements.
First think about what your age range is, and then think about what kids that age might need immediately after arriving (before a shopping trip can happen). The main thing I would say every foster parent should have on hand is extra tooth brushes. That’s a definite for all ages. Combs and brushes. Baby shampoo. Deodorant. Hair detangler is a big one that foster parents often find they need immediately. If you plan to take babies or toddlers, pacifiers and a small pack of diapers in every other size are a good idea to have on hand. If you are open to taking emergency placements you might want to keep a stash of jammies, socks, and underwear in the drawer, although most clothing can be bought quickly, 2AM calls mean no time for shopping.
Consider No Carpet – Messes are lots easier to clean from hardwood floors or laminate. This is by no means a “must” for fostering, but if you have a choice, you might consider it. Some kids need to make huge messes to express how they feel. If you can give them space to do it, or make clean up easier on yourself, its a win win!
Furniture should be as versatile as possible – some beds can be used for a wider range of ages than others so consider that when making a purchase. You should be prepared for the possibility of things getting broken too. So, while you won’t want the room to look cheap you may want to fit it with good quality second hand furniture that can be replaced. Empty frames give children the option of putting out their own photos or pictures and a nightlight can also be a useful addition. Don’t forget to take into consideration safety – if you’re planning to care for young children you’ll need to fit items like cord tidies for blinds to help prevent any accidents.
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