For a foster child or young person a new placement can be daunting, exciting, nerve-wracking and much more. Before your foster child arrives you will be trying to get as prepared to make the transition as smooth as possible. Preparing the child or young person’s bedroom is a very important part of this and here are a few tips to help you prepare and set up their room.
Preparation is key so get tidying and sorting so that the bedroom is ready and welcoming for when the child or young person arrives. Think about the age of your foster child and ensure that the bedroom is appropriate for them. For young children put some age appropriate toys in the room and for teenagers make sure the room doesn’t seem too young or childish for their age.
Don’t over personalise
Cluttering the room full of toys or decorations before the foster child arrives can make it feel like they are moving into someone else’s room. So keep it simple at first and then encourage them to choose things to put in their room. This helps the foster child or young person to make the room their own. It is also a good idea to keep the colour scheme warm and neutral to avoid picking a colour that is not to their taste. They are also more likely to take care of the room if they have helped to decorate it.
Encourage them to get creative
Encourage your foster child or young person to get creative and bring some of their personality to the room. If you are happy for them to stick photos or posters on the wall then let them know. If not, a white board or chalk board is a great way for them to express themselves whilst not damaging your walls!
Make it welcoming
You want your foster child to feel comfortable in their room so it is important to understand if they want to spend time in their room, especially at first. If you are happy with food and drinks in the bedroom then you could leave a snack in their room for when they arrive, as they may too shy to ask for something to eat at first.
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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