Some Useful Foster Care Tips For New Parents

foster care tips

When you and your spouse first decide to start a family, there are so many things to consider. Pregnancy and birth are exciting and scary all at once. There should also be time for concern about what lies ahead after the baby is born. For those of you who have chosen to open your hearts and homes as foster parents, congratulations (and condolences)! People everywhere will soon know what great parents you are, but if they’re observant, they’ll see how much effort goes into raising a child that was not initially yours. Being a good parent isn’t always easy; it’s especially difficult when you don’t feel like an actual parent or (you know like a grown-up yourself.

So whether you’re adopting, fostering, or both, here are some foster care tips to live by when deciding to take care of someone else.

Tips for new adoptive parents:

New Parents

Foster care can be just as difficult, if not more so than being an actual parent. It’s all about the waiting game for most people, especially when you have to wait months or even years before getting your child in your arms. There are high expectations from both you and society when it comes to what kind of mom/dad you should be once you get your baby home. (If this is the route they’ve decided to take) To ease this transition, start preparing weeks in advance by setting up a crib or any other essentials that might be needed around the house. This will make it easier for you once the baby is here.

Foster care Tips for different age groups of children:

0-3 months:

New Parents

Your baby will most likely be in the NICU (the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) when you see them for the first time. They’ll need constant monitoring and may even have tubes sticking out of their tiny faces. The hospital staff will pamper you with free food and anything else your heart desires. Enjoy it; it’s not like that everywhere! You can also ask family/friends if they’d like to visit (even if they aren’t on this list). Families need to spend time with their loved ones.

3-12 months: 

Oh my, you thought the baby phase was bad- wait until they start eating real food! That’s when things get interesting and exhausting. Getting them to eat can take hours; you’re going to lose your patience (a lot). Don’t worry if that happens; it’s perfectly normal. You will then learn how quickly little humans grow and develop at this age. While they may be small now, it won’t be long before they’ll be running around playing with everything in sight (which means destruction!) The best advice is not to sweat the small stuff because these moments pass by so quickly. Also, don’t forget about all those germs crawling around- make sure to sanitize everything.

1-3 years: 

This is probably the funniest stage, at least in my opinion! You’ll make new friends (aka family) and spend some of your free time with them. The kids are also very independent now, so they’ll keep themselves entertained for hours watching tv/movies/playing on their own devices. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed since there will be moments that you just don’t know what to do or how to handle certain situations. Just remember that you’re not alone; if anything, call someone who can help by guiding you all through this crazy adventure. If you think of it as an amazing opportunity, then it won’t seem so bad

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