Thanks to Brenda Pack, Director of Foster Care, for representing House of New Hope at this weekend's "Orphan Sunday" at Jersey Baptist Church in Pataskala, Ohio.
Here is the rule:
All locks to at least one door to any room or walk in storage area inside a foster home in which a person could become confined, and from which the only other means of exit requires the use of a key, shall be able to be unlocked from either side. Locking of the children's bedroom doors while children are sleeping is prohibited. Locking of outside doors and fencing around a yard or outside play area is permitted.
Here's the bottom line. If a child (of any age) can crawl into any enclosed space in your home... the smallest closet, storage space, or unused decorative area... you cannot use a lock that cannot be opened from inside the space.
The three types of locks shown below are NEVER ALLOWED to be used to lock doors in your home.
While we realize that those of you using these types of door locks are doing it to keep kids and property safe, they are a clear violation of ODJFS rule. When we see them, we must have you remove them right then!
If you need some advice or assistance, don't hesitate to check with your Clinician or Licensing.
Need help establishing technology rules in your home? Let technology bring your family closer to each other, not make the family its servant and keep you apart.
In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13), Jesus tell the story of a farmer who scatters seed which falls on four different types of ground. The hard ground “by the way side” prevents the seed from sprouting at all, and the seed becomes nothing more than bird food. The stony ground provides enough soil for the seeds to germinate and begin to grow, but because there is “no deepness of earth,” the plants do not take root and are soon withered in the sun. The thorny ground allows the seed to grow, but the competing thorns choke the life out of the beneficial plants. The good ground receives the seed and produces much fruit.
In truth, we rarely know whether someone’s observation of our behavior, conversations about our values, or discussions of our charity will be a “seed” which sprouts into like action by someone else. A foster parent recently shared an experience that brought them great joy. This foster parent had requested that their foster child be placed in the temporary care of another while they took an emergency respite from caregiving. The arrangements were made by House of New Hope and the foster parent was unaware of who his child was temporarily placed with. One night, the foster child became very ill and was taken to the hospital by the respite provider. The foster parent, learning of the hospital visit, immediately went to see his foster child in the emergency room where, as luck would have it, met the respite provider and was unbelievably surprised!
Many years earlier, the foster parent had spoken to the respite provider about the virtues of foster caregiving and making differences in the lives of at-risk children. So moved by what she had heard, the respite provider eventually made the decision to become a licensed foster parent and has never regretted the decision. During their hospital meeting, the respite provider shared with the foster parent that it was because of the discussion that they had had years ago which caused the respite provider to become a licensed foster parent and, by that time, having cared for more than 25 children.
It’s a great reminder that we never know when the “seeds” we plant will actually take root and grow to be a strong and healthy plant. Whether we are talking about our influence over the foster children that we may find challenging at times or a person who watches a foster parent providing the special care that only a foster parent can give, keep sowing seeds!
Ohio Fostering Connections is organizing Ohio’s efforts to extend supports to foster youth through age 21. Learn more athttp://www.ohiofosteringconnections.org/
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