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Preparing for the Placement of a Foster or Adoptive Child

Information needed in order to effectively prepare for placement of a foster or adoptive child. Quick tips, FAQ's and helpful advice from veteran foster and adoptive parents. Find what you need to get started preparing for a placement.

What’s in a Foster Child’s Luggage?
Understanding what a foster child brings into each foster placement.

How Will Fostering a Child Impact My Daily Life?
Things to consider as fostering a child will change your life.

Marriage and Adoption - When You Disagree on Adopting or Providing Foster Care
You may not always agree on fostering or adoption. Find a few tips and bits of advice.

First Few Weeks Home with a New Adopted Child
The top things to consider first during your the first thirty days with a new foster or adopted child.

First Few Weeks Home with a New Foster Child
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 our 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.

Meeting Your New Foster Child
Find tips on how to handle the first meeting and day one with your new foster child.

Setting Up a Bedroom and Closet for Older Youth Adoption/ Foster Care
Listing of basic clothing, bedding, hygiene products, and toys for setting up a room for an older child adoption or foster care placement.

How to Create a Connection with Your Foster or Adopted Child
Building a connection with your child can take a lifetime, but it's worth the effort. We know as foster or adoptive parents that if a child can connect to one person, than that child can grow and have a connection with other important people in his or her life.

To Add a Child or Not to Add a Child - Timing May be the Answer
Foster and adoptive parents need to discuss many factors before deciding if it is the right time to add a child to the family. A time of many transitions may signal that it is the wrong time for a family.

Prepare for Parenting - How Did You Prepare for Parenting Before Your…
I've been thinking about how adoptive parents prepare for parenting. Did the new family think to prepare to parent? This reminds me of another joyous occasion – weddings. Many young couples spend so much time planning their weddings that they forget to plan their marriages. It just doesn’t all end with the trip down the aisle. It’s the same with adoption or foster care; it doesn't end with …

What Is Meant by the Term 'Placement'?
Short definition of words often used in foster care or adoption.

Setting Up a Bedroom and Closet for Older Youth Adoption/ Foster Care
Find a helpful listing of basic clothing, bedding, hygiene products, and toys for setting up a room for an older child adoption or foster care placement.

Toddler Toys and Activities to Help Foster Parent Toddlers an…
Toy ideas for foster parents of young children

Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Things to Consider for Foster Parents
They may be cute, but are you sure you're ready to accept more than one baby or toddler foster placement at a time?

Foster Parents Plan for the First Day of a New Placement
Ideas on how to best plan for the first day of a foster care placement.

What Foster Parents Should Know About Foster Children
A former foster youth lets us know what it feels like to be in a new foster home.

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