By Bailee Andre. Kids Room. Published at Thursday, April 11th, 2019 - 12:12:13 PM.
Most foster parents I know keep a small stash of stuffed animals on hand. You’d be surprised that even older kids often appreciate this. You don’t need a bunch, just keep a few different ones in the closet and let a new placement pick their favorite.
Command Hooks – These are great for making space for hanging all sorts of things on the wall on short notice. I recommend keeping these on hand even if you are not planning to foster. We use them all the time! They are also a great safety resource for keeping cords and bind pulls out of the reach of small children.
One of the fundamentals of applying to become a foster carer is that you are able to provide a child you are caring for with a bedroom all of their own. This is so they feel safe and protected. During the application process you will specify what age and gender of children you would like to care for and when it comes to preparing a room for the child’s arrival, this can help a little.
We’ve made recommendations for decorating an older foster child’s bedroom on the blog before and this post is worth reading if you know you’ll be caring for a child within this age group. Many of the points covered in this earlier article will apply whatever age the children are too. So, just to recap – selecting neutral colours for the walls will mean that the room doesn’t feel stereotyped. To allow for personalisation you could fit panels that can be painted and repainted according to children’s tastes, put pin boards on the walls for attaching photos or posters and you could even consider using chalk paint on a section of the room where young children can draw directly on the walls. As you get to know the child you can start adding personalised touches that make the space more their own – this could include peelable wall stickers with themed bedding and their toys.
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