We had so much fun this week decorating the Foster Child waiting room at the new DHS building. This is a room we decorated in memory of my sweet Dillian. We used bright colors, soft toys, different touches to meet the needs of the different kids that might use that space in the coming days and weeks. We were blessed by the outpouring of some of our local foster parents that understand the trauma and fear associated with a child that may one day find themselves in this room and the need for this room to be comfortable, fun, and inviting.
Our goal was to create a space that would help provide a fun distraction from the circumstances surrounding the visit to this space. Toys, books, quiet spaces are all available when the need presents itself.
For those who may not know what a foster child waiting area might be, please let me explain. When a child is brought into custody, and DHS is in the process of finding an appropriate foster home, the child may have to wait for that foster parent to get to DHS. This room will provide a space for that child to play, snack, or even nap. Volunteers or staff will have a safe place set up for kids, to interact as they wait for a designated foster parent. This is also a space where children can wait, between visits with different family members, or before or after a visit with parents.
We are excited to be part of such a great opportunity to help meet another need of vulnerable kids in our community, as well as speak volumes to their worth!