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6 Steps to Create a Welcoming Home for Foster Children 



Welcoming a foster child into your home is a rewarding and transformative experience. As you embark on this journey, it's essential to ensure that your home is a safe, nurturing, and welcoming space. In this guide, we'll explore step-by-step how to prepare your home for a foster child and create an environment that fosters love, security, and growth. 

 

 

Step 1. Establish a Safe Environment 

Ensuring that your home is safe and age-appropriate for the child you will be bringing into your home is a great first step as you prepare to foster. This includes thoroughly childproofing your home, as needed, and completing a comprehensive safety check. 

 

As you check your home, it’s essential that you have a plan for fire safety, an emergency exit plan, and first aid supplies. It is also important to confirm that if firearms are in your home, they meet the safe storing regulations required by your foster care agency. 

 

 

Step 2: Create a Comfortable Bedroom 

When a foster child enters your home, their room will be a space within the home that they look to for security. Be prepared to give them the opportunity to personalize their room things that help them feel at home. 

 

Additionally, you will also need to stock up on essential supplies such as toiletries and age-appropriate toys. In some cases, the foster children who enter your home may also need weather-appropriate clothing items, car seats, and other daily items. 


child sleeping in a space-themed bedroom
Allowing your foster child to add touches of their personality to their bedroom is a great way to make them feel welcomed.

 

 

Step 3: Foster Emotional Well-Being 

Take intentional steps to build trust from the start. Establish open lines of communication, and let your foster child know that they can express their thoughts and feelings without judgment. Create an environment where their feelings will be respected and validated. 

 

Understand that building trust takes time and consistency, especially after a traumatic experience. Embrace patience and give yourself and your family grace. 

 

 

Step 4: Cultivate Cultural Competence 

Take the time to understand and respect the cultural backgrounds of the children entering your home, if they differ from your own. Try to find ways to incorporate their culture, from their favorite foods to seasonal traditions. This will also go a long way in building trust in the relationship. 

 

Reach out to your supports at Intercept Health to see if they can offer support and consider participating in cultural competence training. 

 

 

Step 5: Provide Educational Support 

Prepare your home for your foster child’s educational development. If there’s space, set up a dedicated area for learning and studying. This space can be in your child’s bedroom or another area of your home. 

 

Also be prepared to participate in the school enrollment process, and be involved in your child’s academic life and extracurricular activities. 


a desk and bookshelf in a child's room
Adding a desk or study area in your home is a great way to show that you support your foster child's educational goals.

 

Step 6: Seek Professional Support 

If it’s determined that your foster child will participate in therapeutic services, be prepared to support them in receiving those services. Professional support, such as counseling, play therapy, or specialist care for medically fragile children, can be instrumental in their healing journey. 

 

Plan to participate in Intercept’s monthly foster parent training to enhance your skills and stay informed about best practices. Training provides valuable insights into trauma-informed care, effective communication, and understanding complex behaviors. Our support teams are available 24/7 to help you along the way. 

 

 

Conclusion 

Preparing your home for a foster child involves a combination of practical considerations, emotional support, and cultural sensitivity. By creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment, you set the stage for a positive foster care experience. Remember, every child is unique, so be flexible and responsive to their individual needs. You’ve got this! 

 

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