Foster Parents are our partners, not our clients. Any time Case Managers
have questions or concerns they should speak with the Foster Parent
first. The Licensing Staff should also be consulted about the
concerns and what actions were taken.
There are many rules that govern the licensure and ongoing certification of foster homes. Below are some of the more common violations that may be encountered. Most violations are not malicious in nature. Often, it is a lack of knowledge or understanding that led to the violation.
Discipline. Any physical punishment, withholding of meals, mail, visits, or threatening to have a child removed. Any form of discipline that does or may cause injuries, any type of punishment that is humiliating or degrading to the child or their birth family. Even just the threat of certain punishment can be grounds for a licensing violation
Unapproved household members. This may mean a paramour, adult friend or relative who seems to be living in the foster home that has not been screened by licensing. This may also include children other than those of the foster family who have moved into the home without the knowledge of licensing or children the foster parent is providing day care for.
Unapproved babysitter or childcare arrangement. A child too young to be left alone or in the care of another child (under 16) unless they are 14-15 years old and they are known to and trusted by the foster parent and have completed an approved babysitting course, should be reported. Foster parents do have the ability to select and approve alternate caregivers for babysitting without the requirement of a background check.
Incident Notification. Failure of the foster parent(s) to report a child being hospitalized, seriously injured or ill, to have runaway, or to have been abducted.
Health. Failing to report or have treated any child's injury or illness. Failure to follow-up on doctor's orders, dispensing prescription medication as directed or failing to keep medical or therapy appointments. Housekeeping standards that may affect a child's health, such as, dirty clothes, dirty dishes, roach infestation, or rodents. If you have concerns that a foster parent is getting a doctor to prescribe medication to sedate a problem child, this too may constitute grounds for making a report.
Safety issues. There are many things that could constitute safety hazards; anything you have concerns about should be addressed directly with the foster parent and then forwarded to licensing. The following list is a sampling of what you may look for; power tools, pool or household cleaning products, medicines, alcohol or any other dangerous products. Firearms must be stored in a secure location separate from ammunition, inaccessible to children. Swimming pools must be fenced or caged. Access to the pool from the home must be secured by locked doors. Any animal that is aggressive or dangerous.
Confidentiality. Any disclosure of information about the reasons for a child being in care, the identity of the birth family, the child's history of abuse or neglect, or the child's psychological or medical information would constitute a violation of confidentiality unless it is approved by SCC.
Sleeping arrangements. Unless otherwise approved, children over the age of one may not share a bedroom with an adult. Children over the age of three may not share bedrooms with children of the opposite gender, unless they are siblings. Each foster child must have their own individual bed. They may not share a bed even with sibling. Foldout, rollaway, or trundle beds are not acceptable. Children under age 6 should not sleep in a top bunk bed and top bed should have protective railings.