What you need to know about picking up a foster baby from the NICU

What you need to know about picking up a foster baby from the NICU

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You get a phone call asking if you can pick up a foster baby from the NICU. You say YES! NO what?
I have had the joyous and heartbreaking privilege to do this a couple of times so I wanted to share with you what you can expect.

Confusion

There is going to be some sort of confusion at the hospital.  When a child is apprehended at the hospital the agency plays more of a middleman role and they often do not know much about the case other than what the doctor reported.
Ask the nurses. They know more than anyone about what that little babe needs. But remember to be respectful.  Often these little babes need extra testing and extra care so be respectful of the nurses doing their job.

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Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome

Unfortunately, this is common with foster babies in the NICU. It is one of the main reasons you will find newborns in foster care. If you know nothing about Neo Natal Abstinence Syndrome you can watch this video.

Visitation Schedules

If the baby is going to have a long term stay in the NICU the bio family may or may not get visitation in the hospital. They will usually ask you to come at different times.  Your worker will help you to navigate this.

Feelings and Emotions

You are going to be excited and those babies need your excitement. You are also going to feel a bit sad. It is hard to watch a newborn with their mom. Those early bonding moments are so important.
Check out the video below for a more detailed look at everything I can share with you about picking up a foster baby from the NICU. 

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Heather

    Thank you for making this helpful video. We are a family of six (Dad, Mom, and 4 Bio kids) living in Germany. Originally from Oregon. We are waiting for our first placement after more than a year of German paperwork, background checks, house visits, and more. I look forward to reading and watching more of your content.

    1. Kait

      So exciting for you guys! I would love to know more about the foster system in Germany!

  2. Carie

    We are about to bring our first foster child home from the NICU. This video was so good for me to watch. Sometimes it’s nice to hear that you aren’t wrong for feeling certain ways. Bio mom has been on my mind every day. Our first Team Meeting is tomorrow and I’m hoping she’ll be there. This video helped me figure out what to say, hopefully without stuttering or sounding like an idiot. Thank you!

    1. Kait

      Praying that you and mom will be able to establish a relationship! Sometimes it can be hard given the circumstance. Praying she wants to change <3 and praying for you as you welcome a little one from the NICU!

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