Schools! One thing I didn't mention is that when our social worker came to see us on the 8th February she said we could start looking for a school for Midge. Midge is of school age and currently in school full time, so when he moves in he will need to go to school pretty soon after. We have been looking at schools in and around where we live and there are a few he could go to. For those of you reading who are new the the schools adimission policy, looked after children or children in care go to the top of the waiting list for school admissions and schools can and do take these children even when the school is full! So remember that!
It was brilliant visiting the schools and talking about 'our children'. It was wonderful and exciting to finally be doing something specifically relating to these children. It was amazing to feel and sound like a Mum and Dad - goosebumps! It also felt really fake talking about children that we have never met as if they have lived with us forever. Such bizarre feelings! In reality in our minds they have been with us for several months, we just need to get them here physically!
Introductions book and DVD. Yes, that 'gulp' time! Our social worker also discussed with us that we need to start making an introductions book and DVD. These will be the books that each child will have that introduces us to them. So, for example the oldest one will have sentences and pictures in their book, the middle one will have basic words and pictures and the baby will have mostly pictures. The pictures will be of us, our house, car, kitchen, bedrooms, local park and garden. The DVD will be about five minutes long and be of us in and around the house, with lots of talking and actions. This will get them used to our voices as well as our faces.
The third thing we will do is find out from the foster carer what is their favourite soft toy / character and buy a brand new one of those for each of them. Then we will live with the toys and put our 'smell' on them - take them to bed and cuddle them whilst watching TV for example. This will be most important for the little one as he is still quite young. Of course, whether these items are successful or not will entirely depend upon whether the foster carer does their job properly and uses them appropriately. The are supposed to use them between matching panel and introductions - about two weeks, I imagine. I have lots of stories of people who have walked into the foster carer's home for the first time to meet their children and one of them looks directly at 'Daddy' and his very first words to him are: "Daddy, you're in my book!" Or "Daddy, you're on TV!" Bless!
I have already started on the books and we need to do a script for the DVD, but for now we have put that on hold until we have a date for matching panel. If it's not until May then the garden will look greener and more inviting in a few weeks time so we can hold off taking pictures until nearer the time. Well that's it for now, roll on tomorrow when we hope we will have some more information to tell you all.