One of the most often asked questions I get hit with after teaching a new batch of foster and adoptive parents is, "What about those first few days in our home? How do we help the child feel comfortable?" Adding to your home and family is such a personal experience, it's natural that we want the child to feel comfortable and welcome. We as parents want to feel that we are not missing anything and that we are doing a good job. Here are a few ideas on how to do that.
- First Few Weeks Home with a New Foster Child
- First Few Weeks Home with a New Adopted Child
- Learn How to Be a Great Foster Parent in 5 Weeks
When adding to your family, it's important to keep in mind how each new addition will impact others in your home. Of course, I'm talking about your other children. Take a moment and learn how to prepare your children for new siblings.
- What to Teach Your Child to Prepare Them for a Foster or Adopted Sibling
- How Does Providing Foster Care Affect Children in Your Home?
What ideas do you have on those first few weeks home? What about internationally adopted children - are there different needs that need to be addressed during the first few weeks home?
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