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10-OCFS-INF-07: Flexibility in Sleeping Arrangement Requirements for Sibling Foster Care Placements
The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSS) and voluntary authorized agencies of newly promulgated amendments to 18 NYCRR 443.3 regarding certification and approval of foster family boarding homes. The amendments to 18 NYCRR 443.3(a)(4) and (5) became effective on July 21, 2010. The regulatory amendments allow greater flexibility for the placement of sibling groups cared for in foster boarding homes.
The regulatory amendments provide an alternative to the following general rules regarding sleeping arrangements:
• Not more than three persons can occupy any bedroom where children at board sleep; and
• Separate bedrooms are required for children of the opposite sex over seven years of age.
In both circumstances the alternative sleeping arrangements must be consistent with the health, safety and welfare of each of the children and be necessary to keep the siblings or half-siblings placed together. This INF will provide guidelines to LDSSs and voluntary authorized agencies regarding this increased flexibility of the sleeping arrangement requirements.


Created: 7/22/2010