How To Make Your Home Safe

Creating a Loving Home: Preparing Your Space for a Foster Child

A Checklist to Ensure Safety, Comfort, and Support for a Child from Foster Care

You can use this checklist as a guide to prepare your home for a Foster Child. Click or tap each circle next to the title to check off each list or use the “Print Checklist” button to print out the checklist for future use.

Safety Measures

  • Install childproof locks on cabinets and drawers.
  • Secure heavy furniture to the wall to prevent tipping accidents.
  • Cover electrical outlets with safety plugs or outlet covers.
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Ensure that all cleaning supplies and medications are stored out of reach.
  • Assess potential hazards and make necessary modifications (e.g., covering sharp edges, securing loose rugs).

Bedroom Preparation

  • Provide a comfortable bed with appropriate bedding and pillows.
  • Ensure sufficient storage space for the child’s clothes and personal belongings.
  • Set up a nightlight or soft lighting for comfort.
  • Create a calm and inviting atmosphere with decorations and personal touches.

Child-Friendly Spaces

  • Designate an area for play and activities with age-appropriate toys, books, and games.
  • Arrange a study area or homework space with a desk, chair, and necessary supplies.
  • Set up a quiet space for the child to retreat to when needed.

Daily Necessities

  • Stock up on age-appropriate clothing, including underwear, socks, and outerwear.
  • Provide toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and towels.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of nutritious food and snacks.

Communication Tools

  • Install a landline or ensure a reliable cellphone connection for emergencies.
  • Create a family communication board or calendar to keep everyone informed of important events and activities.
  • Establish rules and guidelines for using electronic devices and the internet.

Emotional Support

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere by displaying family photos and positive messages.
  • Allocate space for the child to display their own artwork or personal items.
  • Arrange comfortable seating areas for family discussions and bonding.

Cultural Considerations

  • Incorporate elements that reflect the child’s cultural background, such as books, music, and artwork.
  • Research and respect the child’s cultural traditions and practices.

Educational Resources

  • Establish a study area with a desk, chair, and age-appropriate educational materials.
  • Research local schools and educational opportunities to ensure a smooth transition.

Support Network

  • Identify local support groups or organizations for foster parents.
  • Establish connections with other foster families for guidance and support.
  • Create a list of emergency contacts, including social workers, doctors, and therapists.

Self-Care

  • Prioritize self-care to maintain your well-being and provide the best support for the foster child.
  • Seek out counseling or support services if needed.
  • Foster a positive and nurturing environment by practicing patience, empathy, and understanding.

Remember, each child’s needs are unique, so be flexible and open to making adjustments to your home and routines to ensure the child feels safe, loved, and supported.