- Don't you have crazy rules to follow?
- I've heard you have to lock up your shampoo and stuff?
- You mean you have to double lock every medication in 3 different containers depending on medication type and so if you have to apply a cream 4 times a day you have to get into the double locked containers, unlock them, get the meds out, put the meds back, lock it and repeat 4 times a day?
Here are a few more minimum standards - summarized:
- Medication Logs - you must complete a form that captures every medication you give the child, the dose, the day and time, the medication name, the strength, and who prescribed it each month and that must be submitted to the child's caseworker by the 10th day of the month and maintained in their records for 30 days. Each dose given to the child needs to be recorded with the initials of the person who gave the medication. This also applies to over-the-counter medication like tylenol or ibuprofen - which you must follow the dosing instructions on the package exactly - you can only stray if you have a prescription from the doctor. Did I mention foster children tend to come into care ill?
- You may not homeschool or put the children in private school. Upon being of school age they must be enrolled in public school.
- If a piece of baby gear is being used and it has a strap system of some sort, you must use it. This makes sense for things like car seats but also applies to strollers (as the children age too), high chairs, and anything else with a safety harness system.
So, how do they know if you violate a minimum standard on a regular basis? Sounds like a question for another Friday.
And with that, I still made this in on Friday - with 18 minutes to spare.