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Quick Reference Guide for DFCSCPA Foster Homes

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Quick Reference Guide for DFCSCPA Foster Homes

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    Quick Reference Guide for Child Placing Agency Foster Homes

    Minimum Standard Number Minimum Standards Topic Applies To Minimum Standard Description Frequency All DFCS and CPA foster parents (primary Specific Skills Required: These basic skills requirements should be covered in both Pre-and secondary caretakers) Service and Continuing Parent Development (CPD) training ? Understanding the Impact of Fostering classes. ? Teamwork and Communication ? Parenting Abused/Neglected Children 1 Skills and Abilities ? Understanding Grief, Loss and Attachment Issues for Children in Care ? Understand, Prevent and Manage Misbehaviors ? Support Primary or Birth Family Connections ? Provide a Safe, Nurturing and Healthy Environment Any adult (age 18 and over) residing A criminal records check including GCIC and NCIC finger printing must be performed and Repeat criminal record check, including fingerprinting, is required at permanently or temporarily in the home outcomes documented. Additionally, it is the foster parent’s responsibility to inform the least every (5) years at the time of the Annual Re-evaluation for all 2 Criminal Records Check and having access to children approving agency of any criminal indictments or convictions. current foster parents and adults (age 18 and over) residing in the home. All DFCS and CPA foster parents (primary The foster parent is expected to have income sufficient to maintain their family excluding the These requirements are typically only submitted once as part of the and secondary caretakers) amount of the per diem received for any child(ren) in foster care. The foster parent must foster parent application process. They must be submitted no more complete a financial statement and provide verification of income which may include: than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval date. 3 Income ? Check Stubs ? Federal Income Tax Return ? Statement from Employer, etc. All DFCS and CPA foster parents (primary Resource parents must be at least ten (10) years older than the child to be placed and if This requirement is verified prior to initial foster home approval as 4 Age and secondary caretakers) unmarried, at least 25 years of age. well as prior to each new foster child placement. All DFCS and CPA foster parents (primary At least three references must be obtained for the applicant. One of the three references These requirements are typically only submitted once as part of the and secondary caretakers) must be from an extended family member not residing in the home. Applicants must secure foster parent application process. They must be submitted no more 5 References an additional reference from the previous or current employer if they are or have been than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval date. employed in a job situation that involves children. All DFCS and CPA foster parents’ A statement that an approved environmental inspection has been completed on homes that This requirement is typically only submitted once as part of the (primary and secondary caretakers) are not on county/city water and/or sewage systems is required. A statement that the utility foster parent application process. It must be submitted no more 6 Environmental Inspection residences bills, etc. were viewed and the home is on county/city water and/or sewage system should be than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval date. accomplished if an environmental inspection is not applicable. All DFCS and CPA foster parents’ Gas heaters in the foster home must be vented to avoid fire and health hazards. However, This requirement is verified prior to initial foster home approval as (primary and secondary caretakers) un-vented, fuel-fired heaters equipped with oxygen depletion safety shut-off systems may be well as during annual re-evaluations. 7 Gas Heaters residences operated in foster homes. Working carbon monoxide detectors must be installed in these homes. All DFCS and CPA foster parents’ These requirements are verified prior to initial foster home approval ? Smoke alarms must be present in the home and functioning. (primary and secondary caretakers) as well as during annual re-evaluations. ? Firearms must be locked away from children. Ammunition should be kept locked and residences stored separately from firearms. 8 Safety Considerations ? Homes having a swimming pool must meet all community ordinances to operate a pool. The pool must be fenced with a gate, which is kept locked to prevent unsupervised access by children. All DFCS and CPA foster parents’ Georgia law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets be vaccinated for rabies. Foster homes These requirements are verified prior to initial foster home approval 9 Animals (primary and secondary caretakers) with exotic animals or wildlife (chimpanzees, snakes, raccoons, large mammals) will require a as well as during annual re-evaluations. residences health and suitability statement from a veterinarian, and approval by the Regional Director. Foster Parents Under 65 Years of Age 1. A full physical examination and history must be completed and signed by a licensed 1. This requirement is completed as part of the initial foster home physician, physician’s assistant, or public health department.**See NOTE in next column. approval process (it can occur no more than 12 months prior to 10 Health initial foster home approval) and then every 5 years there after (Form 36, Medical Report required). **NOTE - Foster parents with a diagnosed health problem must also obtain a physician’s

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health statement annually. 2. TB screening (skin test or chest X-ray) 2. This requirement is typically only required on a one time basis as part of the initial foster home approval process and can occur no more than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval. 3. Comprehensive drug screen (includes testing for cannobinoids, cocaine, amphetamines, 3. This requirement is typically only required on a one time basis methamphetamines, opiates and phencyclidine) as part of the initial foster home approval process and can occur no more than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval. Foster Parents 65 Years of Age and Older 1. A full physical examination and history must be completed and signed by a licensed 1. This requirement is completed as part of the initial foster home physician, physician’s assistant, or public health department. approval process (it can occur no more than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval) and then annually there after (Form 36, Medical Report required every fifth year). 2. TB screening (skin test or chest X-ray) 2. This requirement is typically only required on a one time basis as part of the initial foster home approval process and can occur no more than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval. 3. Comprehensive drug screen (includes testing for cannobinoids, cocaine, amphetamines, 3. This requirement is typically only required on a one time basis methamphetamines, opiates and phencyclidine) as part of the initial foster home approval process and can occur no more than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval. Adults and Children 16 Years of Age and 1. Health statement (Form 36, Medical Report not required) 1. This requirement is completed on a one-time basis as part of the Older initial foster home approval process (it can occur no more than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval). 2. TB screening (skin test or chest X-ray) 2. This requirement is completed on a one-time basis as part of the initial foster home approval process (it can occur no more than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval). Children Under 16 Years of Age Health statement (Form 36, Medical Report not required) This requirement is completed on a one- time basis as part of the initial foster home approval process (it can occur no more than 12 months prior to initial foster home approval). All DFCS and CPA foster parents (primary 20 hours of pre-service training/preparation must be completed as part of the initial foster All DFCS and CPA foster parents applying for approval to serve 11 Pre-Service Training and secondary caretakers) parent application process. The training must include appropriate methods of discipline and children in DFCS custody must emphasize that corporal punishment is prohibited. All DFCS and CPA foster parents (primary At least 10 hours of Continued Parent Development (CPD) must be completed annually. CPD This requirement is checked during the annual re-evaluation. Continued Parent 12 and secondary caretakers) should be relevant to the type of children being placed in the foster home. Required CPD Development topics for the first year will include CPR and First Aid. All children in DFCS custody who are This standard applies at all times and compliance is verified during ? No more than six (6) children under the age of 16, including the children of the foster placed in either DFCS or CPA foster the annual re-evaluation. family, shall be placed in a foster home. homes ? No more than two (2) children under two (2) years of age, including the children of the foster family, may be placed in a foster home. ? Only bedrooms shall be used as sleeping space for children. ? Each non-related child must have a separate bed. Appropriate Utilization of 13 Foster Home ? A maximum of two (2) children may sleep in a double or larger bed if they are siblings and are of the same sex. ? No child shall sleep in a bed with an adult. ? A child over one (1) year of age cannot sleep in the bedroom of an adult. ? A maximum of three (3) children to share a bedroom is preferable. The suitability of children sharing a room should be assessed based on the background/history of the children.

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? Children age five (5) years and older and of different sexes shall not share a bedroom. Child Placing Agency case managers 1. Face-to-face contact with foster children and their foster parent(s) in any setting. 1. At least monthly 14 Face to Face Contact 2. Face-to-face contact with foster children and their foster parent(s) in the foster home. 2. At least bi-monthly All DFCS and CPA foster parents’ A foster parent may be a Family Day Care provider for a maximum number of six (6) children. This standard applies at all times and compliance is verified during (primary and secondary caretakers) Thus, the parent child ratio can never be greater than 1:6 at any time. The number often will the annual re-evaluation. 15 Family Daycare residences have to be less than six due to the number, ages and needs of the children in foster care placed in the home. All DFCS and CPA foster parents (primary A single foster parent or both foster parents can be employed outside the home if childcare is This standard applies at all times and compliance is verified during Employment Outside the 16 and secondary caretakers) provided and if able to meet the needs of the children in foster care. the annual re-evaluation. Home All children in DFCS custody who are Children in foster care should have opportunities for religious, spiritual and/or ethical This standard applies at all times and compliance is verified during 17 Religion placed in either DFCS or CPA foster development. the annual re-evaluation. homes All DFCS and CPA foster parents (primary Foster parents are expected to have a valid Georgia driver’s license, car and insurance. A This standard applies at all times and compliance is verified during 18 Driver’s License and secondary caretakers) part of the foster parent partnership expectation is that they will assist the case manager with the annual re-evaluation. providing transportation for children placed in their home. All DFCS and CPA foster parents’ Foster parents must be an approved foster home resource for only one agency, but may This standard applies at all times and compliance is verified during 19 Foster Home Approval (primary and secondary caretakers) accept children from another agency with prior approval from their original approving agency. the annual re-evaluation. residences Based on: DFCS Social Services Manual 3060 (Foster Care Services), Section 1014 (Foster Parents), Revised March 2007 DFCS Social Services Manual 3060 (Foster Care Services), Section 1015 (Foster Homes), Revised December 2007 DFCS Social Services Manual 3060 (Foster Care Services), Appendix B1 (Minimum Standards for Family Foster Homes), Revised March 2005

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