As a child in the foster care system, dfs (foster-to-adopt hopefully) will receive 3 gifts during the holiday season as a part of a program that supports foster parents in caring for their kids. It's an opt-out program as long as the child celebrates Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanza, so we don't even have to sign dfs up.
That's really nice because it will help us a lot, and if he's (G-d forbid!) not still with us, it means that he'll have something lined up for him in his new home. (It's always hard when a kid moves in with you near a holiday or around their birthday because if you don't know them it is pretty difficult to figure out good gifts-- we've had that happen to us with one of our kidos who celebrated Easter, and another one of our kids celebrated Christmas and moved from our home not long before Christmas.)
I've just received a questionaire asking for a wish list of 3 items for dfs. They need it to be completed and returned right away. It can't include diapers, furniture, or bedding. He loves books, but they ask about books on another part of the questionaire, so they might send some with the other gifts. Plus, we are a reading family and have a lot already. I think he has enough clothing through the first year. So, I'm thinking we'll put down a few toys. They'll make an effort to get all the items on the wishlist, but likely won't be able to get items that aren't available locally (as in, things they'd have to order online or from a catalog). I don't know what price range the items are supposed to be in, but I won't ask for anything outrageous.
What would you put down?
dfs will be eight months old during the holidays, and it would be nice if the toys could be "hits" until he is a year or a little older.
I'm pro-adoption reform, but not anti-adoption.