The life of a foster child can be tumultuous. These foster children are likely to be reserved or agitated because they faced many challenges. This is perfectly normal. It takes time for them to adjust to a new way of life in your home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take that would speed up this process and make them feel welcomed in their environment.
Give Hime a House Tour
Make sure that they are familiar with the ins and outs of the household. Making them aware of where all the necessities are will make them feel safe and secure within the walls. Emphasize they have a place to sleep and put their things. Then, show them their play areas. Lastly, highlight the food available to them in the kitchen. Make them familiar with your home for a smooth transition.
Discuss Ground Rules, Gently
Though they are adjusting to living with you, it is still imperative they understand the house rules early on. Setting these rules at the start will ensure smoother interactions down the road. That said, don’t be authoritative. In their eyes, you are hardly their caregiver yet. Talk about basic guidelines to follow such as bedtime, when meals are and daily activities. However, amidst the administering of these rules, be patient. It creates more harm to be mad than to be understanding.
Have Group Activities
This step should be done at an easy-going pace. Don’t throw them into the ringer of family activities immediately. Make suggestions like, “would you want to watch a movie tonight”, “would you want to help make dinner”, or “would you want to go outside for a walk”. These small yet basic activities will make them feel included and wanted, which is the most important factor to all of this. Similar to the other steps, patience is key. Don’t push if they say no, eventually they will say yes to another activity.
Contact us at 2INgage if you’re interested in becoming a foster parent or if you any questions, comments, or concerns about your foster child. Be the light at the end of the tunnel for these kids.