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Do you need a spare room to foster a child?

This is a question that we receive all time, and the answer is very simply…. yes! Although you do not need to own the home that you are living in, having a spare room is absolutely essential as a foster parent, and here is why… 

Having their own safe space 

We can all agree that having our own personal retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday is essential, and children need their own space too; even more so as children grow into their teenage years!  

The safe haven of their own bedroom will act as a space to reflect, relax, play, and process their feelings. It’s a place for the child to take time out and be on their own, but in a safe way with their foster parents close at hand for emotional or practical support. Moreover, having their own space within the family home will give the child safety and security, and make them feel like part of the family.  

Being able to personalise the room to their own taste 

Making an environment feel comfortable and homely is important to us all. Having a room filled with our favourite items, possessions and colours gives us a sense of belonging, and it becomes a room we enjoy spending time in. We strongly encourage all our foster parents to allow the children in their care to put their own stamp on their rooms; it doesn’t have to be a full renovation! Adding their favourite posters, themed bedsheets, or shelves with their personal items on will help to make the child feel more comfortable in their new surroundings. 

How big does the room have to be? 

The room needs to be spacious enough to fit a bed, a small desk, storage for their clothes and room for their personal items as a minimum. If you’re worried that your spare bedroom may be too small, we are more than happy to have an open and honest conversation with you about the space you have to offer. 

If you have a spare room and would love to make a difference to the life of a young person locally, then we would love to hear from you.  

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