By Solange Charpentier. Kids Room. Published at Sunday, April 14th, 2019 - 21:34:42 PM.
Night lights – Remember that children who are new to your home do not know the layout of your house as well as you and your other children do. Children who have moved from home to home sometimes wake up disoriented and may not remember where they are. Also, children who have been through trauma, even older children, may have some lingering childhood fears that a simple night light can easily soothe.
Waste Bin – Just a small trash can, maybe with a lid, may not seem like a very important item for a bedroom. However, kids who have come out of difficult situations often need a place to throw things away.
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.
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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