The Top Ten
A portion of the process to become a foster parent includes an inspection of your home by the state of Arizona. This can feel intimidating but is intended to make sure that licensed homes are safe environments for children in care. The state provides each family with a comprehensive list of inspection standards and relies on agencies to help get you prepared. Below are the top 10 reasons families fail to pass an inspection the first time through, as provided by the state of Arizona:
- Smoke detectors are not installed in each bedroom
- Dogs over six months of age are not current on rabies vaccines
- A record keeping tool is not available to document review of emergency evacuation plans with foster children
- Smoke detectors are not installed in each living area
- Electrical panels and outlets are in poor repair
- A written emergency evacuation plan is not available and posted on each floor
- Emergency phone numbers are not posted in a prominent place
- Medication is not in locked storage
- Highly toxic substances are not in locked storage
And the current number 1….
- Lack of proper first aid supplies
We want all families to feel confident as they go through their inspection and do our best to ensure that each family passes an inspection their first time through! To help prepare, please take a look at the most current inspection book closely and begin the process of preparing your home. You can also review home inspections 101 to get an idea of the inspection process.