A New Home For Christmas
Christmas is a special time for everyone; a time for family, for a season of giving, and importantly, a time of warmth. This is why, at such a special time of year, foster carers up and down the country are doing something amazing by opening up their homes to children and providing them with a time of warmth and security. Without the generous gift of a new home for Christmas, this could otherwise be a cold festive season for foster children.
For youngsters who are likely to have moved around frequently, one of the most important parts of this Christmas gift is that the carer plays the role of an anchor. Being the sturdy anchor that children need is every bit as important as the tangible details provided by a new foster carer.
The Tangibles at Christmas
These aspects include, but are not limited to:
- Comfortable and safe shelter
- Healthy and nutritious meals
- Inclusion in family activities and traditions
- The provision any other of life’s everyday necessities
Being The Anchor
But what exactly does playing the role of an anchor mean?
One factor is leading the approach the rest of your family takes. If you have children of your own, it goes without saying that you take the time to sit down with them and fully explain the situation, in its entirety. On top of that, highlight that it’s partly their responsibility to help welcome a foster child into the home.
Whatever the situation, whether you’re new to fostering or an experienced caregiver, take care of the following during the holidays and you’re on the right track:
- Keep Christmas excitement secondary to your excitement about their arrival. Give the child all the space and time they need to adjust.
- Ask them what they most enjoy about Christmas, and subtly accommodate this. Be sensitive to the child’s background, particularly if they’re of a different religion or belief.
However, it goes without saying that one size does not fit all, and it’s up to each and every carer to carefully consider how to shape their new arrangement. For example, younger children of your own may need closer guidance and monitoring as the placement develops; older children may not. Likewise, extended family may normally play a large role in your holiday season, but lots of unfamiliar faces may be too much for the foster child as they enter a new environment. In light of this, two key points for navigating the early days of a foster placement jump out: communication and striking a balance.
And remember, when the Christmas season is over for another year, keep one thing in mind: in welcoming a foster child in during this time, you’ve given them memories that last a lifetime.
Contact us today if you are interested in offering a new home for foster children at this special time.