Provide Safety Inspection Items to Families in Need
Provide critical safety items that families need to pass the safety inspection, but cannot–for any number of reasons–acquire.
Who Can Do This?:
Timeframe: Within a week
The Problem It Solves
Some families cannot–for reasons of time, money, or transportation–acquire key safety inspection items, like: rope ladders, oven locks, etc. This ensures that anyone who needs safety items can get them.
How To Do This
1/ Collect critical items
Find creative ways to acquire critical safety items that can be distributed to families in need. The most frequently needed items include: fire extinguishers, oven locks, baby gates, first aid kids, medication lock boxes, etc.
- Host a “safety-inspection” drive. Similar to a backpack drive, this event would collect donated items (in new condition).
- Partner with local organizations. Work with local partners like churches to host drive/donation events, fundraisers, or anything else that can help collect needed items.
- Use Family Preservation Service dollars to provide items for directed placements. FPS is an existing budgetary tool that can help acquire needed items when used for directed placement.
2/ Distribute critical items
Make it as easy as possible for your team to distribute critical items to families in need.
- Keep a stash of essentials in easy-to-access locations. This eliminates the need for a return visit. For example: the trunk of worker’s cars, designated supply closet.
- Provide key items at foster parent training. While families are present at orientation or early training classes, provide an opportunity to pick up any items they may be missing.
We are still collecting concrete data, but suspect that this:
- Reduces the need for return visits
- Increases inspection passing rate for kinship homes
Who’s Doing This?
California, Indiana, Rhode Island