First-time foster parent? Wondering how you should prepare your home for your new foster child’s arrival? From our first-time foster parent shopping list to ways to make your house as safe and welcoming as possible, our helpful guide has you covered.
Part of preparing your home for a foster child is ensuring you’ve bought everything necessary for the foster child to move in and feel as comfortable as possible. They should arrive in your home to all of their basic items there, ready for them to use. Unsure what they’ll need? Our first-time foster parent shopping list has you covered:
Bed and bedding
Consider the age of the child you’re fostering. A single bed is recommended for children aged 3+, whereas for a child any younger, you may need to consider buying a cot. Find gender neutral bedding, as it’s hard to guess exactly what theme or colour they will want.
If your new foster child’s toiletries and personal hygiene items are there ready for them to use as soon as they move in, this will help them feel more comfortable more quickly in their new home:
If your new foster child is a teenager, or reaching puberty, they may also need:
Also, if your new foster child is a baby, ensure you’re well stocked up on nappies!
If you can gather information on the foster child before you meet them, such as their clothes size, likes and dislikes, it could be a nice touch to buy a few clothes for them before they move in. However, if you’re not confident about this, it may be worth waiting until you’ve got to know them better, or you can take them on a shopping trip to buy some when they move in. In the meantime, buying some plain t-shirts, underwear and socks is a good place to start.
Depending on their age, your foster child may benefit having some comfort items bought for them. This could be a fluffy toy, a doll, or even a comfortable blanket they can cosy up in. Again, it may be worth waiting until they move in before you choose this item – as it’s hard to predict their likes and dislikes before getting to know them.
And, of course, the team here at Capstone Foster Care are on hand 24 hours a day – we offer full support and extensive fostering training prior to your placement, so you’ll feel thoroughly prepared for the placement before it begins. Get in touch with any queries you have regarding what to buy for foster care placements.