Kan. Admin. Regs. § 28-4-814 - Family life

Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 39, September 30, 2021

(a) Family activities. Taking into consideration the age, needs, and case plan of each child in foster care, each licensee shall provide the following opportunities for each child in foster care:
(1) Inclusion of the child in foster care in the daily life of the family, including eating meals with the family and participating in recreational activities;
(2) ensuring that each child in foster care is provided with the same opportunities that are provided to the other children residing in the home; and
(3) ensuring that each child in foster care is provided access to schools, church, recreational and health facilities, and other community resources.
(b) Daily routine. Each licensee shall provide a daily routine in accordance with the age and needs of each child in foster care that includes the following:
(1) Active and quiet play, both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting;
(2) rest and sleep; and
(3) nutritious meals and snacks.
(c) Essential and special items.
(1) Each licensee shall ensure that each child in foster care is provided with essential items to meet each child's needs, including the following:
(A) Food and shelter;
(B) nonprescription medical needs;
(C) clothing and shoes;
(D) toiletries and personal hygiene products; and
(E) birthday and holiday gifts.
(2) Each licensee shall notify the sponsoring child-placing agency and the child's child-placing agent when a licensee identifies a need for additional resources to provide a special item for a child in foster care. Special items may include the following:
(A) Clothing and fees for instructional or extracurricular activities;
(B) school pictures;
(C) athletic and band instrument fees; and
(D) cap and gown rental and prom clothing.
(d) Allowance. Each licensee shall provide an allowance to each child in foster care equal to that of any other children of similar age in the family foster home who receive an allowance.
(e) Work opportunity. Each child in foster care shall have the opportunity to earn spending money at tasks or jobs according to the child's age, ability, and case plan. The money shall be the child's, and the child shall not be forced to provide for needs that otherwise would be provided by the licensee.
(f) Routine tasks. Each licensee shall permit each child in foster care to perform only those routine tasks that are within the child's ability, are reasonable, and are similar to the routine tasks expected of other members of the household of similar age and ability.
(g) Informal visitation. Any licensee may identify extended family members 18 years of age and older as resources for informal visitation.
(1) For each extended family member identified as a resource, each licensee shall meet the following requirements:
(A) Describe the relationship of the individual to the licensee;
(B) submit a request for background checks as specified in K.A.R. 28-4-805 ;
(C) obtain a copy of the current driver's license for each individual who could provide transportation during visitation;
(D) provide to the sponsoring child-placing agency documentation that each individual has read and agrees to follow the confidentiality policy and the discipline policy of the sponsoring child-placing agency;
(E) ensure that each individual has emergency contact numbers and a crisis plan in case of emergency; and
(F) ensure that either an original or a copy of each medical consent form and each health assessment is provided for each child in foster care participating in informal visitation.
(2) Each licensee shall obtain the sponsoring child-placing agency's approval of the informal visitation plan before using informal visitation.
(3) Each licensee shall provide the sponsoring child-placing agency with the information specified in paragraphs (g)(1)(A) through (F) and shall keep a copy on file in the family foster home.
(4) Each licensee shall report the following to the sponsoring child-placing agency:
(A) The date on which each informal visitation occurs; and
(B) the identified extended family member's name and address.
(5) Each licensee shall ensure that both of the following conditions are met:
(A) Each identified extended family member 18 years of age and older is informed of the content of the regulations governing family foster homes.
(B) Supervision that ensures the health, safety, and welfare of each child in foster care is provided by an individual 18 years of age and older.
(h) Sleepovers. Any licensee may permit a child in foster care to participate in sleepovers in unlicensed homes if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The purpose of the stay is to allow the child to participate in a social event that is normal for the child's age and development.
(2) Participation in sleepovers is not precluded in the child's case plan.
(3) The licensee confirms the invitation with the parent of the child to be visited and determines that supervision will be provided by an individual 18 years of age and older to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the child.
(i) High-risk sport or recreational activity. Any licensee may permit a child in foster care to engage in any high-risk sport or recreational activity if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) Written permission for the specific activity is obtained from the parent, legal guardian, or legal custodian of the child in foster care and from the child's child-placing agent.
(2) The licensee assesses the individual child-specific risk factors before giving permission. These factors shall include the age and maturity level of the child, behavior disorders, suicidal tendencies, developmental delays, thrill-seeking behavior, and difficulty with anger control.
(3) Protective safety gear is used, if required for the sport or activity.
(4) A safety plan is developed and followed. This plan shall include instruction on the activity and compliance with any manufacturer's specifications and general safety guidelines.
(5) Direct supervision by an individual 18 years of age and older is provided to ensure safe participation.
(j) The use of trampolines in home settings shall be prohibited for children in foster care.

Notes

Kan. Admin. Regs. § 28-4-814
Authorized by and implementing K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 65-508; effective March 28, 2008; amended Sept. 6, 2013.

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