I understand the dilemma of throwing a shower for the foster/adopt momma.
- You don't know for sure what age or gender may be coming your way
- There is no guarantee that any child coming into your home will be staying
- There is no telling when a child may come, it could be hours after licensing or years
- The whole thing makes some people really uncomfortable
- Trying to do a shower after the children are officially adopted means they have been in the home for at least 6 months probably longer, so the reality is the parent doesn't need that much
- Trying to do a shower after the initial placement is generally a bad idea due to all the attachment and bonding that needs to happen and momma's don't usually have a lot of extra time to be gallivanting off to showers
Shortly after my boys came I received one card, it was from a dear mother of one of my best friends growing up. She included a check and told me to pick something out for the boys. That one gesture means so much to me even today.
So what can you do for the foster or adoptive momma near you:
- If you know someone preparing to become a foster or foster/adopt mom, throw a preparation party to help them get what they need. Offering to take an age range of 0-8 creates a WHOLE lot of things that need to be available!
- When a placement arrives, offer to run to Walmart and pick up any last minute needed supplies for kids or momma!
- Bring over some meals when a placement arrives OR leaves! Having kids leave your home is HARD, regardless of the fact that we signed up for this....we still grieve their loss, they were a part of our family no matter how short their stay.
- Just because a foster mom drops off the planet for awhile when a placement comes DOESNT mean she doesn't need you, those first few weeks can be stressful and hectic as everyone adjusts. Send notes, emails, fb messages and don't be offended if you don't get a response.
- If and when kids are officially adopted, ask the parent how you can recognize this special day. Some kids may love a party and gifts, but remember their adoption though joyful may also be painful as they have essentially "lost" a part of their family too.
- Always ask what you can do and DONT accept nothing as an answer. I know for me it is difficult to accept help or even weed out who is really offering and who is just being polite :)