Getting Ready! Monday, September 28, 2009

I was thinking that depending on the age of the kids that come to our home, it might be nice to have an art area ready for them when they first step in our home.  Might help eliminate nerves they have upon entering our home (?).  Here is the table I set up for them – and they can spread out their art more on the nearby dining room table.

Since this will be our first time to have foster kids enter our home, I am not sure what the case worker does when they bring the children here….If any of you have been foster parents before, please leave a comment and let me know what you experienced when the case worker brings the kids to your home. I have thought through several scenarios, whether there be crying or even hyperactivity.  I have a few thoughts, but would so appreciate ANY advice any of you might have to help prepare me.  What ways can I help comfort the children?

Also, any mothers out there – would love to hear your creative ideas as well!  Whether activities, comforting methods, I am an open book (or blog) for you to write on!  🙂

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3 Responses to Getting Ready! Monday, September 28, 2009

  1. Anonymous
    God Bless you Dana and your husband too this is a very noble calling. I will be praying for you both.
    I think having something to occupy them is a great thing. However as you stated it all depends on the age. How about some toys ? What age group are you excepting?
    Having them focusing on something with their hands as you get to know one another helps to relax them.
    Monday, September 28, 2009 – 04:53 PM

  2. Jocelyn
    Dana you will be such a good foster Mom! I would say having a little snack time. People of all ages tend to let their gaurd down a little when there’s food around. It would also be a good time to ask them what they like or don’t like etc. Making chocolate chip cookies together might be fun for the older ones. I’d purchase a few sippy cups and plastic tumblers in case you get little ones. Also, showing them where they will be sleeping right away may be a good idea. Even if it’s hard for them to accept that they will be staying there, it shows them they have a place that is their own. Also, these two things (food and a place to sleep) show them that their basic needs will be taken care of. Make sure any little one who is potty trained (ages 2-6 or so) knows where the bathroom is right away. Sometimes kids at this age who are nervous or in a new environment have accidents because they are too shy to ask where the bathroom is. That’s all I can think of for now. God be with you!
    Monday, September 28, 2009 – 07:16 PM

  3. thepainteddresser
    Great ideas from both of you! Love it. Would have never thought about showing them the bathroom location right away! So glad we can reach out to each other and offer advice!

    Oh – also to answer the question on what ages we are expecting: We are expecting newborn to 8 years old children. We are open to sibling groups, but only 2 children total for now until we gain more experience.
    Monday, September 28, 2009 – 09:15 PM

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