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Preparing a Bedroom for Foster Care (Part 2)

Foster Bedroom 1Brandon and I have done more work since my last post, preparing a bedroom for foster care, and I wanted to share it with you! We are so excited – only 9 days until our home study will be finished! At that time, on January 19th, our home study will be sent to two places:  the person who puts the final stamp on it at our agency, at which point they will officially “open” our home and we could be called any time after that with a referral, and also to the caseworker of a child we saw on a photo listing back in October and want to learn more about.

Here’s what we’ve been up to since my last post!

We got the twin beds set up in the bedroom, which was a bit of a feat. We got them used from some very gracious friends, but had no assembly instructions and no information on the brand of the bed. Brandon was able to get them together though!

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As you can see, we still need to purchase one twin mattress, for the bed on the left, which we will purchase in the next few days. As a reminder, we chose gray because it goes with almost everything. So we will get comforters, throw pillows, and accent items once we know the age, gender, and likes/dislikes of the kids we will be receiving!

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We also put a fresh coat of paint on the walls!

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I hung up my Easy Daysies Magnetic Schedule, which I reviewed over a year ago. We’ve been told over and over that kids in foster care need a structure and need to see what the schedule looks like. I think this will be a big help!

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We got some more cute artwork for the room, another canvas from Big Lots, and this cute printable that I stumbled upon on Pinterest.

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I also worked on creating a little Welcome To Our Home Book, which I saw recommended on this blog. It’s something I’ll leave in the bedroom and can easily change the content based on the child and the information they need.

I also added this book holder, filled with lots of books, classic ones like Cordoroy, and also the many wonderful books we’ve received from friends and family that were on our Foster-to-Adopt Wish List! We are so thankful for our friends!

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Speaking of them, here are more gifts we received this week:

THANK YOU!

I got some great comments and input after my last post. Do you have any more suggestions or ideas for these rooms? I’d love to hear them!

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.

Comments

  1. WOW! You’ve done a great job! Your mommy skills thought things out well. Adorable room, I love the book rack, by the way. Best wishes on your ADVENTURE! We were just going to be foster 5 years ago, but GOD had other plans! We are guardians for one and adoption for #2 will be final next month! Keep praying for those littles GOD is getting ready for you!

  2. I love that book holder. Where did you get it?!

  3. @ Sharon – Thank you so much!! I’ve posted some updates. We had a placement of two girls for 7 and 9 months (half-sisters, it’s complicated) and are taking a brief hiatus until after our Spring Break vacation.

  4. Hi Anne! The book holder is a “sling bookshelf.” Ours was a hand-me-down from a friend, but they have them all over. Here’s one you can find at Walmart – http://www.walmart.com/ip/KidKraft-Sling-Bookshelf/10747238

  5. very cute ideas. If you’re going to have really young kids you may want to replace blinds because of the string pulls that can be a choking hazard.

  6. Love it! I know I’m a little late but I just stumbled across your blog. We keep extra stuffed on hand so that each kid has something to squeeze on their first night and take with them if/when they move on.

  7. Luna Grace says:

    Are bunk beds not allowed in KY foster care?

  8. @Luna Grace – No they’re allowed! We have a ceiling fan in the bedrooms that would be very close to a top bunk. If we got a placement that requires us to have 3 in a room we would do it and remove the ceiling fan!

  9. @Alycia – We do too! Our friend makes tie blankets for each of our kiddos, too, something they can keep forever.

  10. Looks good to me!
    What about having an area with baskets on a shelf for stuff that is specifically there’s? FK need to be able to call something and some place in the home only theirs.
    Also; I didn’t see it but you could also have a mini scrapbook album with little stickers and things that while they are with you guys, they can put together with you and take it with them in case they leave. A little remembrance of the good times you spent together.
    We had also received bunk beds for our foster-to-adopt kiddos! Our story didn’t end well though:( planning is key to everything working like a charm♡
    God Bless & enjoy the new ones.