The fence shall be at least four (4) feet in height, with a locking gate. (Acts 1971, 3rd Ex. (Acts 1971, 3rd Ex. Any person under 19 years of age, a person under the continuing jurisdiction of the juvenile court pursuant to Section 12-15-32, or a person under 21 years of age in foster care as defined by the Department of Human Resources. Who is responsible for complying with these minimum standards? The Department shall send a copy of the letter determining suitability status to the individual affected and to the licensee of the home. Authorize release of character and suitability information from other states, if requested by the approving agency. Age Range. (2) Written consent authorizing the release of any criminal history background information to the Department of Human Resources. § 5119, et seq., the states are permitted to implement a computerized information system to provide child abuse crime information through the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Criminal History Record Information System. �38-7-3: License to operate or conduct child-care facility � Required �38-7-4: Application; investigation; application to operate foster family home may be made to licensed child-placing agency. Handrails within a child�s reach shall be placed on all stairs used by children. "3. Box 3006 Rockville, MD 20847 1-800-370-2943 Recalls on child car seats � Have brand name, model number, manufacturing date ready National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Auto Safety Hotline 800-424-9393 PAGE 33 REVISIONS TO THE 2002 MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR FOSTER FAMILY HOMES April 1, 2019 Revision No. Findings of indicated reports on the State Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry or a criminal history may also be evidence of unsuitable character. A log shall be kept of prescription medication administration. (7) CHILD or CHILDREN. Information regarding the character and suitability of applicants for a license and all adult household members shall be reviewed by the Department at the time of the initial application for a license. Proper water heater temperature of no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the approving agency shall make written demand on the person, firm or corporation operating the facility and shall allow ten (10) days for submission of such report or reports. Reports of adult or child abuse/neglect (with or without criminal convictions), related to crimes listed in (a) through (h) above, with a final disposition of indicated, in this or any other state. The references shall meet the following requirements below: Have known the person for at least two years; Are unrelated to the person by blood, marriage, or adoption; and Are able to give information to the approving agency regarding character, community reputation, work history, and suitability to care for children or to have contact with children. (4) Knowingly, willfully, and intentionally failing to report subsequent convictions as required by this chapter. The holder of an approval may voluntarily surrender the approval. (Acts 1971, 3rd Ex. A building, structure, or location, public or private property, or vehicle, utilized for or involved in the providing of care, education, training, instruction, or supervision of children, adults, or individuals with disabilities or transportation in connection with activity provided by a licensed, approved, or certified child or adult care facility. The list shall include the name and telephone number of each child's parent(s)/guardian(s) (if applicable), each child's doctor, law enforcement, fire department, hospital, poison control, Department of Human Resources, caregivers, and substitutes. The appropriation herein provided is conditional upon the condition of the Alabama special educational trust fund as ascertained by the Governor, and shall be released only upon order of the Governor. Foster family homes shall be approved for no more than six (6) foster children unless all the children are siblings. The residents of the home must not require acute or extensive medical or nursing care, nor hospitalization. MINIMUM STANDARDS . "j. A crime that involves the physical or mental injury or maltreatment of a child, the elderly, or an individual with disabilities. Foster Parents will only use or disclose confidential information concerning children with authorization by the approving agency. Shall have the steps or ladders removed on above ground pool when the pool is not in use. The Department has one set of Minimum Standards which apply to both non-related and related foster parents. The Legislature finds that there is an important state interest and it is in the best interest of the children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities of Alabama to protect them from those persons who may inflict physical or mental injury or abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation, or maltreatment or other mistreatment upon children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities. Separate bed and appropriate storage facilities for each girl. Section 38-13-7 Duties of Departments of Public Safety and Human Resources; review of determinations. The Department shall issue a suitability determination and maintain a confidential file on individuals for whom a criminal history background information report or report updates have been received. A 2A-10BC dry chemical fire extinguisher no less than 5 pounds in weight shall be installed and maintained in operating condition, in an accessible place, in plain view near room exits which provide an escape route. Medication name (e.g., Ritalin) Prescribing physician (e.g., Dr. Jones) Amount to administer (e.g., 1 capsule) Frequency for administration (e.g., every 4 hours) Hour: Enter the actual hours dosage is to be administered Columns numbered 1 � 31: Columns are numbered to correspond with # of days in a month The person administering the medication shall initial in the appropriate column and on the appropriate row to indicate the dosage was administered as prescribed. The Department of Human Resources may issue a suitability determination based upon the criminal history report on file without the requirement of a new criminal history background information check. Transportation The foster family home must ensure that the family has reliable, legal and safe transportation with safety restraints, as appropriate for the child. Yes (__) No (__). c. GROUP NIGHTTIME HOME. Safety � General A fence shall enclose any play area when there are hazards, such as, but not limited to bodies of water and dangerous highways, in the immediate neighborhood that would place a child�s health and safety at risk. Records regarding children and facts learned about children and their relatives shall be kept confidential by the child-care facility and by the department. (1:7) 24 months up to 36 months. Allow foster children to bring and acquire personal belongings. 5237 0 obj <>stream Nothing in this chapter is intended to create or establish new causes of action in any court. (3) APPLICANT. (2) Release of the report to a court of competent jurisdiction in the event of litigation brought by the applicant or employee. Only through good teamwork efforts can the placement experience emerge as a healthy, wholesome one for a child in a foster family home. This includes but is not limited to: A thorough physical examination of the child by a licensed practicing medical doctor, a physician�s assistant, certified nurse practitioner, or the child shall have benefit of a medical screening or assessment (e.g., EPSDT) within ten days after admission (unless such examination has been received within three months prior to being received into a foster family home), and annually thereafter; Immunizations according to the schedule prescribed by the Health Department; Appointments as recommended by the physician; Administration of prescribed medications in dosages and at times prescribed. Safety - Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs General Pools shall be maintained in clean and safe condition. (b) An individual who fails or refuses to provide a statement shall not be employed, allowed to work or volunteer, or issued a license or approval as defined in this chapter. Clothing Foster parents shall: Ensure that each foster child is clothed with his/her own clean, well fitting, shoes and clothing appropriate to age, sex, individual needs, and comparable to the community standards. (e) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the distribution of employment or licensing status information to an interested party. Keep an accurate thermometer in the spa or hot tub at all times to monitor the water temperature. (3) Release of the report to a court of competent jurisdiction upon a finding that the information is material to the issues of the case before the court. National criminal history background checks shall be requested by the Department of Public Safety from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ "Date __________ Signature __________________." Make available informal education, including, but not limited to, prenatal care, parenting, homemaking, and first aid. Foster parents will not use any illegal substances, abuse alcohol by consuming it in excess amounts or abuse legal prescription and/or nonprescription drugs by consuming them in excess amounts or using them contrary to as indicated. See the Appendix for the complete text of the Code. VII. The statement shall include a notice and questionnaire the same as or similar to the following: "MANDATORY CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK NOTICE: Alabama law requires that a criminal history background information check be conducted on all persons who hold a license or work in a Department of Human Resources licensed child care or adult care facility, a foster or adoptive home approved by the Department of Human Resources, or a licensed child placing agency, including all officers and agents of the entity. If the applicant is an initial applicant, he or she must successfully complete an approved Foster Parent preparation process. 3. 174, p. 4423, ((2-2.12; Acts 1987 No. (1:5) 18 months up to 2 ½ years. These recommendations do not change the Minimum Standards promulgated by the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR). Page path. IV. (a) A nonrefundable fee to be paid for the criminal history background information check shall conform to the guidelines promulgated pursuant to 42 U.S.C. endstream endobj 5225 0 obj <>stream Marital Status Foster parents may be single (single includes never married or legally divorced) or married. (b) An applicant, licensee, volunteer, or employee shall notify the prospective or current employer, licensing agency, or entity for whom volunteer work is being performed of any criminal convictions occurring subsequent to the date of completion of the notice in Section 38-13-4. d. Release of the criminal history report to the Department of Human Resources. Reference Requirements Applicants, adult household members and adult persons regularly visiting overnight shall provide to the approving agency the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three persons to serve as references. Swimming pools must have their methods of access through the barrier equipped with a safety device, such as a bolt lock. Wading pools shall be filled with clean water prior to each use and shall be emptied when not in use. A properly operating kitchen with a sink, refrigerator, stove and oven. The term conviction includes a determination of guilt by a trial, by a plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere. Completed Physical Examination for Foster and/or Adoptive Applicants (DHR-FCS-634) to approving agency for each adult member of the household. Personal Care The foster parent(s) shall: Participate/assist with medical appointments. Copies of the certificates shall be on file in the home and foster parent record. Foster parents living together in a relationship shall have been married in a legal ceremony as defined by the Code of Alabama or by common law as defined by Alabama Law and have been in this relationship for at least one year. The standards prescribed and published under this chapter shall include regulations pertaining to: The operation and conduct of the child-care facility and the responsibility it assumes for child care; The character, suitability and qualifications of the applicant and other persons directly responsible for the care and welfare of children served; The general financial ability and competence of the applicant to provide necessary care for children and to maintain prescribed standards; The number of individuals or staff required to insure adequate supervision and care of the children served; The appropriateness, safety, cleanliness and general adequacy of the premises, including maintenance of adequate fire prevention and health standards conforming to state laws and municipal codes to provide for the physical comfort, care, well-being and safety of children served; Provisions for food, clothing, educational opportunities, program equipment and individual supplies to assure the healthy physical and mental development of children served, consistent with the definitions contained in this chapter; Maintenance of records pertaining to the admission, progress, health and discharge of children, and provisions for confidentiality of such records; Filing of reports with the department; and Discipline of children. e. Rape in the first or second degree, as proscribed by Section 13A-6-61 or Section 13A-6-62. The physical and mental health standards ensure foster parents are physically, mentally and emotionally capable of caring for an additional child or children through a required physical exam. K X Y Z [ \ ] _ ` � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � v gd�>� � �H�$�gdW:p � ��gd� � $a$gd� � gd� � gd� � gd� � ` a b c q � � � � � � � � ! Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to provide for the implementation of a system that allows the Department of Human Resources, licensed child placing agencies, and child and adult care facilities to ensure that current licensees, license and volunteer applicants, prospective employees, current employees, and volunteers are suitable for employment, to perform volunteer work, or to hold a license, permit, approval, or certification and have not been convicted of a crime that bears upon their fitness to provide care or have responsibility for the safety or well-being of children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities as defined in this chapter. Sexual abuse in the first or second degree, as proscribed by Section 13A-6-66 or Section 13A-6-67 of the Code of Alabama 1975. "5. The chief executive officer of the prospective employing entity may pay the fee of an applicant. Separate sleeping rooms shall be provided for children over age 6 who are of the opposite sex. §746.113. The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday changed a bill on child care center regulations to try to preserve a state licensing exemption for some church-affiliated centers.. A crime committed against a child. The term conviction includes a determination of guilt by a trial, by a plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere. NIGHTTIME CENTERS . The types of foster family homes are defined as follows: a. BOARDING HOME. (a) A licensed or approved child-care facility operating under this chapter shall apply for renewal of its license or approval, the application to be made to the department on forms prescribed by it; provided, however, that application for renewal of approval of a boarding home may be made to the licensed child-placing agency which issued the approval. The Department may require further documentation and/or evaluation to determine the suitability of the home. Box 5431 Glencoe, AL 35905256-399-2548800-884-0595Calhoun, Randolph, St. Clair, Clay, Coosa, Talladega, CleburneTuscaloosa Regional1820 7th Ave. North Suite 200 Tuscaloosa 35402205-758-7503888-440-3256Bibb, Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Metro Birmingham1820 7th Ave. North, Suite 200 Birmingham, AL 35203205-328-3540800-884-0595Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and WalkerNorth-Central Alabama610 Airport Rd. An individual who intentionally falsifies or provides any misleading information on the statement is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000) and imprisonment for not more than one year. The gate and all areas of access shall remain locked at all times the pool is not in use. A person or entity holding a Department of Human Resources license or approval or certification to provide care, including foster care, for adults. (Act 2000-775, & amp; amp; sect; 7.) 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