Let the Countdown Begin
Tomorrow we are going back on the open beds list, which is just a fancy way of saying that as of tomorrow, if a child needs a home, we will get a call.
This will be our fourth time on the open beds list since we started fostering almost two years ago (six kids have made their mark on our home), but the nerves are still there.
I’ve had a lot of people ask what goes into preparing for a new placement, so I figured I’d share our family’s process.
In the days before we go on the list, I run around checking everything off of our to-do list. I don’t want to have any big things that need to be taken care of...we’ll have enough going on. I deep clean the bathrooms, mop the floors, wash and fold any laundry that’s sitting around, and pull out a few sets of clothes from our foster box that might come in handy. I like to make sure our foster child’s bed is made with clean sheets and some inviting stuffed animals, spruce up the bedroom a bit, and get some books and age appropriate activities out. Once a kiddo joins us, they can pick some things to make their room “theirs.” We just want it to feel homey for now. I try really hard to think about things that could make a terrifying situation for a child even a little bit easier. I lay out a clean toothbrush, toothpaste, and hair brush, and make sure I have plenty of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. A lot of making a child feel welcome in a new home is familiarity. So with that in mind I stock the fridge with healthy food for meals, but I make sure to throw in some comfort foods. Boxed Mac N Cheese, Goldfish, Takis, and fun cereal are some fan favorites. Everything in moderation, right?
Once the house feels ready and meals are planned, I put my phone on loud and enjoy one more night of “normal.”
Here we go again...let the countdown begin.