How to prepare your own children to meet a foster child; a short guide


Bringing a foster child into your home can be a stressful time, especially if you have children yourself and you are unsure of how to introduce them to each other. Luckily, there are a few things you can do with your child to prepare them for meeting their foster sibling.

Firstly, it is important to teach your children that foster children might need some space at first, to settle into the new home and get used to you and their surroundings. They may also be upset and confused about their situations so ensure your children are able to give them the space they need and hold off on asking lots of questions until the foster child feels more comfortable.

Another concern may be the behaviour of foster children. Some foster children act out physically as a result of trauma they have been through. Teach your children to say ‘no’ and step away from uncomfortable situations. You can also always maintain supervision between children until each child feels more comfortable with each other.

Finally, ensure your own children know they will not be forgotten with the addition of a foster child in our family. Let them know they can always speak to you if they are worried or have any concerns, and that you will always be there to listen.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:



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