"Foster Care Home Inspection Checklist Template"

What Is a Foster Care Home Inspection Checklist?

The first step in becoming a foster parent is undergoing a Home Inspection Checklist for Foster Care by your state's foster care system. During this review, the agent will check to see if you maintain a clean residence that is suitable for a child to reside in. Each state can vary slightly in what will be part of the checklist, and below is a list of what to expect. A Foster Care Home Inspection Checklist can be downloaded below.

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Foster Care Home Inspection Checklist - What to Include?

Your Name, the date of inspection, the full address of your residence, and the name of the social worker performing the inspection.

General:

  1. Access to a working telephone with emergency names and numbers posted where a child could easily view them.
  2. The house should be reasonably clean and free of unnecessary clutter.
  3. All windows are clean, intact, easy to open and close, screened, with curtain or shade coverings.
  4. Floors and carpets are clean and will not be in need of repair.
  5. Corners, walls, and ceilings of the home are free of dirt, dust, or cobwebs.
  6. Outlets and light switches are safely maintained and outlets are covered if necessary for young children.
  7. The home's heating and cooling systems are in good working order, are properly ventilated, and can be turned off when necessary.
  8. All fireplaces will need to be blocked off to children by the use of screens or other safety barriers.
  9. Smoke detectors must be installed in every bedroom and must be functional.
  10. Any furniture or space in the home with sharp edges (such as coffee tables or counters) will need to have protective covers for children.

Kitchen:

  1. The kitchen must be clean, with food waste disposed of in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Rodents, roaches, or other pests must be treated immediately as necessary.
  2. The refrigerator and freezer must be working and able to maintain consistent temperatures for food safety.
  3. Any alcohol or matches must be stored in a locked cabinet children cannot access.
  4. Sharp kitchen utensils such as knives or scissors must be stored out of reach of children.
  5. The kitchen must have at least one week of fresh food available at all times and two weeks of dry or shelf-stable food. Items such as fresh fruit, vegetables, juice, and milk are always stocked.

Bedrooms:

  1. Bedrooms will not have more than two children sleeping in the same room.
  2. All mattresses, pillows, and bedding are clean, free from pests, and in good standing.
  3. Children cannot sleep in the same room with a child of a different gender.

Bathroom:

  1. A first aid kit must be available in every bathroom.
  2. Clean towels and linens are available for every member of the house.
  3. Any medications are kept in a locked cabinet that children cannot access.

At the bottom of the checklist is a signature section for the foster parent(s), social work, and notes for any corrections for the household that were found during the inspection.


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Foster Care Home Inspection Checklist
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Home
Date
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Address
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Social Worker
Semi-Annual/Initial/Preliminary
1. General:
Telephone service is connected, phones are working properly, and are easily accessible.
Emergency numbers are posted within view of the phone.
Well water clearance is obtained if water is from a private source.
House appears reasonably neat and clutter-free.
Windows have screens in good repair.
Windows have curtains or shades to provide privacy.
Windows are intact and open windows can be closed without difficulty.
Carpets are clean and in good repair.
Floors are clean and in good repair.
Ceilings, corners, closets, and window frames are free of dirt and cobwebs.
Electrical switches and receptacles are in good working order.
Heating is in good working order, well vented, and able to be turned off.
Heating is capable of heating the entire house to comfort.
Air conditioning system is operable and in good working order.
Hot water source is large enough for household needs and the area around it is clean.
Fireplaces, wood stoves, and open-faced heaters shall be made inaccessible to children by
the use of screens or other barriers.
Hot water is between 105 and 120 degrees at the faucets.
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Foster Care Home Inspection Checklist
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Home
Date
__________________________________________________________________________
Address
__________________________________
__________________________________
Social Worker
Semi-Annual/Initial/Preliminary
1. General:
Telephone service is connected, phones are working properly, and are easily accessible.
Emergency numbers are posted within view of the phone.
Well water clearance is obtained if water is from a private source.
House appears reasonably neat and clutter-free.
Windows have screens in good repair.
Windows have curtains or shades to provide privacy.
Windows are intact and open windows can be closed without difficulty.
Carpets are clean and in good repair.
Floors are clean and in good repair.
Ceilings, corners, closets, and window frames are free of dirt and cobwebs.
Electrical switches and receptacles are in good working order.
Heating is in good working order, well vented, and able to be turned off.
Heating is capable of heating the entire house to comfort.
Air conditioning system is operable and in good working order.
Hot water source is large enough for household needs and the area around it is clean.
Fireplaces, wood stoves, and open-faced heaters shall be made inaccessible to children by
the use of screens or other barriers.
Hot water is between 105 and 120 degrees at the faucets.
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Smoke detectors are working, properly placed, and batteries are checked regularly (every
3 months).
A working smoke detector must be present in each bedroom.
Hallways and bedrooms have clear passages, and all rooms including hallways, passages,
and outside doorways and walkways have adequate lighting.
Furniture is free of sharp edges and broken pieces.
All doors, doorways, and screen doors - especially outside - are in good repair, and can be
locked from the inside.
Flashlights are readily available in case of power failure and batteries are checked
regularly (every 3 months).
If firearms or other weapons are owned and stored in the house, they are stored unloaded
in a locked cabinet, and ammunition is stored and locked in a separate location.
Fire extinguishers are readily available and fully charged. One fire extinguisher per floor
is required. The minimum required capacity must be 2A10BC in size.
All food and solid wastes shall be stored in containers with tight-fitting covers. They
must be leak-proof and rodent-proof and maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.
2. Kitchen:
Lower cabinets have safety latches if they contain anything dangerous or hazardous if
children under the age of five are already in residence or are anticipated to be placed.
Home-canned foods are processed in accordance with UCAES standards.
Diagram for fire drill is posted and practiced.
Refrigerator and freezer are in good condition and maintain appropriate temperatures
to prevent food spoilage.
All food that has been prepared or opened (cans) is stored in airtight containers at
appropriate temperatures.
Alcohol (beer, wine liquors) is stored in a locked cabinet.
Matches are stored in a place inaccessible to children.
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Sharp tools (such as scissors, knives, etc.) are stored in a place inaccessible to
children.
Counter, sinks, and work areas are clean, sanitary, and in good condition.
Stove and oven are free of grease and grime and operate properly.
Dishwasher (if present) is working properly at appropriate water temperature assuring
sanitation.
One-week supply of perishables and two-week supply of staples and dry food on
hand, and adequate space to store food. Fresh fruit, fruit juices, and milk are always
available.
Cooking and eating utensils are in good condition. Adequate place settings and
seating in the dining area for all household members to eat together.
Sufficient kitchen area for food storage and preparation according to the family’s size.
3. Garage:
Paint, thinner, combustibles, glue, and gasoline are stored and locked up.
There is an adequate number of trash containers with lids.
Old appliances not in use that are stored on the premises are kept chained shut,
locked, or have the doors removed.
Garage is uncluttered. If used for storage, items are stored in a safe manner with no
loose materials left lying around.
Garage is kept locked.
If washer and dryer are on the premises, they work properly and the area is free from
clutter.
All chemical cleaners, disinfectants, insecticides, and other poisonous substances are
stored away from food storage areas and locked up.
Power tools and equipment are stored safely and are inaccessible to children.
Vehicle is operational with lights, horn, and signals working.
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Vehicle is able to transport all family members with seats and working seat belts for
each passenger. Seat requirements for infants and children under 6 years or 60lbs are
met.
4. Bedrooms:
Upper-tier bunk bed has railing. Children under five are occupying the lower bunk.
There are no more than two children per bedroom.
Children five years and older must share a room with a child of the same gender.
Children two years and older cannot share a room with an adult.
No room commonly used for other purposes can be used as a bedroom and a bedroom
cannot be a passageway to another room. No more than one infant can be placed in
the master bedroom.
Mattress and pillows are in good condition.
5. Bathroom:
All medicines are in a locked box, inaccessible to children.
A first aid kit is complete and stored in a conveniently reachable place. First Aid kit
must contain tweezers, scissors, tape, band-aids, gauze, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic
ointment, thermometer (non-mercury), cold pack, burn care packets, first aid non-stick
pads, elastic bandages/ace bandages, health care gloves, first aid guide.
Bathroom facilities are working properly, are clean and sanitary.
Electrical appliances are not used or stored around sink or bathing areas.
Adequate number of towels and linens are available for all household members.
6. Grounds:
Spa, if applicable, has a lockable cover or is surrounded by a 5-foot fence with a
lockable gate and is only used by children with adult supervision.
Above-ground pools must have a removable ladder that is removed when the pool is
not in use, or a barricade preventing access to pool.
Swimming pool at the home, condo, apartment complex or sub-division, is fenced
with at least a five (5) foot high fence with a lockable gate. If a lockable cover is used,
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it has to support the weight of an adult. The lock is no more than 6 inches from the top
of the gate. Toxic pool maintenance products are kept in locked storage. Life
preservers are readily accessible and the area is kept free of glass, sharp objects, and
debris.
Fence (if applicable) is in good condition with no broken parts, sharp edges, or points.
Yard is free of debris, spare auto parts, appliances, scrap, etc. Non-operational
vehicles are kept locked, repaired promptly, or towed off-premises.
Check children’s home file for appropriate entries (medications, monthly report form,
clothing inventory, etc.).
7. Correction Plan: _________________________________________________________
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Name of Foster Parent
Name of Social Worker
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Signature of Foster Parent
Signature of Social Worker
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Date
Date
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