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5101:2-7-05 Sleeping arrangements.

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(A) The presence of a foster child in a foster home shall not cause any other resident of the home to be deprived of a bed or bedroom.

(B) A bedroom for foster children shall:

(1) Have at least one outside wall window that should be screened and capable of opening and closing, unless the room is provided with a ventilation system which provides fresh air.

(2) Accommodate no more than four children.

(3) Include storage space for personal belongings and closet or dresser space for clothing.

(4) Provide a safe and comfortable sleeping area ensuring reasonable privacy and access to adult supervision, as appropriate to the age and functioning level of each foster child.

(5) Not have the entry to a foster child's bedroom located so as to require the foster child to pass through another bedroom or a bathroom in order to enter his or her bedroom or to require another person to pass through the foster child's bedroom to enter another room if the foster home was recommended for initial certification after July 1, 2000.

(6) Have floor-to-ceiling walls and a standard door.

(7) Be provided with reasonable access to an emergency exit.

(8) Not be on a floor higher than the second floor or in a basement unless approved in writing by a fire safety inspector.

(9) Be comparable in appearance in terms of wall coverings, floor coverings, and general decor to other bedrooms used by other children residing in the foster home.

(10) Approved by the agency prior to placement.

(C) A foster child shall not share a bedroom with a child of the opposite sex, except when all children sharing the room are under the age of five years, or when a foster child who is also a parent is sharing a bedroom with his or her own child.

(D) A foster child over one year of age shall not share a sleeping room with an adult without prior approval of the recommending agency.

(E) Each foster child shall be provided with a clean, comfortable, permanent bed and mattress of his or her own. A permanent bed is one that cannot be converted to any other form.

(F) A bunk bed in use shall be equipped with safety rails on the upper tier for a child under the age of ten or for any child whose physical, mental, or emotional condition indicates the need for such protection. A bed shall not be bunked higher than two tiers. A child under six years of age shall not sleep on the upper bunk of a bunk bed.

(G) A foster caregiver shall provide each foster child with clean bed linen at least once per week or more frequently if needed. A foster child shall not be required to sleep on a bed soiled by urine or excrement.

(H) Unless there is a documented reason for a foster child over two years of age or thirty-five inches in height to continue to sleep in a crib, the child shall be provided with a toddler bed or standard bed.

Effective: 07/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/14/2014 and 07/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5103.03
Rule Amplifies: 5103.02, 5103.03
Prior Effective Dates: 12/30/66, 10/1/86, 2/1/88, 1/1/91, 9/18/96, 7/1/00, 1/1/03, 12/11/06, 8/1/09
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Include storage space for personal belongings and closet or dresser space f...
Jessica Thompson
09-11-2018 (10:33am)
Does this have to be a closet or dresser? Better language may be Include adequate storage space for personal belongings. Does an infant or toddler need an entire dresser to themselves, does the closet have to be a built in closet or can it be a free standing clothing rack? Does the storage space have to be within the foster child's room or could it be a storage area outside of the room as well? There are many different configurations of homes, broader language about how children's belongings are stored would be beneficial for licensing homes.
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In regards to: Include storage space for personal belongings and closet or dresser space for clothing.
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(C) A foster child shall not share a bedroom with a child of the opposite s...
Jessica Thompson
09-11-2018 (10:39am)
Is there any ability to relax this requirement for siblings coming into care who have shared the same room prior to being placed in foster care. It is quite traumatizing for siblings who are accustomed to co-sleeping coming into care and being forced to sleep in separate beds and separate bedrooms. What research, data etc. went into deciding that 5 years is the threshold for opposite sex children to share the same room.
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In regards to: (C) A foster child shall not share a bedroom with a child of the opposite sex, except when all children sharing the room are under the age of five years, or when a foster child who is also a parent is sharing a bedroom with his or her own child.