Preparing your home for a new child

11th July, 2023

When you foster it’s often those little things you do that makes all the difference to the young person in front of you. Make no mistake, welcoming a new child into your household and into your heart is no small feat. So, we were intrigued to find out about those little things that our foster carers do in order to prepare their home for when a new child or young person arrives.

First there is the preparation, as one of our fostering families told us…

“Our bedrooms are all kept gender and age neutral, that way when a new young person arrives, they are able to put their own mark on it.”

We couldn’t agree more, every fostering household requires a spare room to be a safe space that is entirely for the foster child. Keeping it a neutral space will allow them to bring their individuality.

Another of our fostering families takes this one step further…

“We keep spare plaques handy, so their name is already on their bedroom door for when they arrive.”

We love this small detail as it goes a long way in making the new child feeling immediately at home.

These are some great tips for readying the home, but what about when the child arrives? Our fostering families have some great advice for that too…

“Don’t go in too heavy with the questioning. Keep the conversation light, asking their favourite food is a good start and then build the relationship gradually from there.”

Perfect. Bonding over a first night takeaway sounds like a good ritual to have for any time a new child comes to stay.

For us at Capstone Foster Care, one piece of advice that we will always live by is fostering is a family affair. Be sure to get the children who are living in the household involved. We love the way this fostering family embraces having a new young person coming to them…

“Our kids choose a teddy for the new young person; this lets them feel involved and also gives the new child something to cuddle on their first night in a new home.”


Are you looking to make your house a home for a vulnerable young person? Give one of our friendly team a call on 0800 012 4004 today.

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