Welcoming an Older Child Into Your Home: The First 24 Hours

Whether bringing in a foster child or adopting an older child, parents are often concerned with minimizing the trauma for a child entering an entirely new environment. How can foster or adoptive parents minimize a child’s fears and help them feel comfortable? Upon arrival at the home:

For other ideas on how to make that first day successful, take a look at this post by an experienced foster mother. It might also be good to prepare for that first day by talking with others who have experienced what you’re about to embark on. Check out social media or forums to get started. And good luck . . . you’re about to begin a wonderful adventure!