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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 141. Licensing Standards for Independent Foster Homes

22VAC40-141-90. Supervision of Children in Care.

A. The provider is responsible at all times for the safety and supervision of children placed in the home.

B. A responsible adult shall always be available to substitute in case of an emergency.

C. There shall be documentation of the name, address, telephone number of this adult, along with a signed statement of agreement to serve as a substitute.

D. Children shall be supervised in a manner which ensures that the caregiver is aware of what the children are doing at all times and can promptly assist or redirect activities when necessary.

E. In deciding how closely to supervise children, providers shall consider:

1. The ages of the children;

2. Individual differences and abilities of the children;

3. The layout of the house and play area, including neighborhood circumstances or hazards; and

4. Risk activities children are engaged in.

F. Children under the age of six and children with special needs shall be within sight or sound supervision at all times.

G. Providers shall not bathe with a child unless recommended by a physician.

H. Providers shall ensure the safety of children at all times during diapering.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217 and 63.2-1734 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 15, Issue 10, eff. March 3, 1999; amended, Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 06, eff. February 1, 2005; Volume 22, Issue 10, eff. February 22, 2006.

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