Becoming a foster parent requires evaluating all the space in your home, especially bedrooms. Are kids in foster care allowed to share bedrooms? Can biological kids share with foster kids? How many kids can be in one bedroom? The quick answer is YES; kids can share bedrooms. But WAIT, there are many considerations and laws to protect children and keep everyone safe. If you plan to have kids sharing bedrooms when you foster, here are some things you must know.
If your kids are accustomed to having their own space, it may be a difficult adjustment to share with a foster child. On the other hand, they may be excited at the prospect of sharing with a "sister" or "brother." We have seen thousands of kids share rooms over the last 30 years, and most of the time, things work out well. The decision is yours depending on behaviors and emotions, age, and how kids utilize their bedroom space.
If your children are old enough to express how they feel and can have an honest dialog with you about the idea of sharing their bedroom, have that conversation. Please encourage them to tell you what they think about the possibility. They might have some creative ideas on arranging the room, what types of beds will work best, and storage solutions. No matter what, include your kids in the decision, planning, and preparation.
A good night's sleep is essential for children, no matter their age. Be sure that you are setting up your kids with a relaxing atmosphere where they can chill out or sleep sound through the night.
All kids utilize their bedroom space differently, depending on their age. Some spend hours on their bed reading (yay) or staring at their phone (ugh). Others may do their homework in their bedroom or play quietly on the bedroom floor. For many kids, the bedroom is just for dressing and sleeping. Whatever the situation, plan accordingly so that all kids are comfortable and you set everyone up for success.
No matter how you consider setting up a room for sharing, here are some Wisconsin foster care requirements to keep in mind.
That's not all; there are more requirements and things to consider.
Now, we get into some of the finer details regarding beds, ages, and space usage. When considering sharing rooms, there are different rules for related children and those that are unrelated. When thinking about the bedroom space in your home, remember that everyone must have a comfortable bed to sleep and all kids over the age of 12 months must have their own bed in a bedroom. Age matters, and it is essential to understand it so you will be prepared to welcome kids.
Hopefully, you are still with us and keeping up with the "rules". We realize there are many, but each one is in place for the well-being of foster children. Now that you know bedroom locations, dimensions, ages of kids allowed to share... Let's get back to the actual bedroom space.
Yes, kids can share bedrooms! Keep in mind the foster care rules and requirements mentioned here, and you will be just fine creating a comfortable space for your foster children.
Although we did not get into details of bathroom space, there aren't that many; you will be thrilled to know that you only need ONE bathroom for up to 8 people in your household. Try to imagine that!