Friday, August 24, 2007

Frakktastic.

Cindy just posted here about higher standards for adoptive parents.

(Not that what went down here is in the same league as what Cindy goes through, of course.)

I was recently surprise-inspected by the state and had the following infractions noted.

1. Uncovered/unrefrigerated food: A) Bowl of (unpeeled) bananas and apples on kitchen table. Bananas and apples purchased the day before yesterday-- they are not rotten or nasty or buggy. B) The cake I was in the middle of frosting when the doorbell rang: I did not put the cake or frosting back in the refrigerator before I answered the door.

2. No thermometer inside the fridge. (There's a digital display on the outside of the fridge that shows the inside temperatures of both the freezer and refrigerator.)

3. No safety lock on vacuum cord. (Cord was coiled and snapped in place, and the vacuum was in the garage.)

4. Licence not posted out in the open. (It is taped on the inside of a cupboard door next to the emergency numbers.)

5. Unsanitary Conditions: No paper towels in bathrooms. (We use fabric towels, and have many hand towels next to and under the sinks.)

I think there was another one, but I'm so mad right now that I don't even want to look at the forms. This is the second time we've been inspected by the state in nine months, though we had warning for the first. The visits are supposed to be random, spit out by some computer program. The insane thing is that having a bowl of fresh fruit on the table, a modern fridge, not advertising to everyone who walks in that Huck is our fosterkid, and washcloths are as big a deal (number-of-infraction-wise) as if the inspector had witnessed me slapping Huckle across the face five times. I am so angry that I am shaking.

14 comments:

Gawdess said...

SUCKS...
beyond sucks...
this is the kind of thing that makes me crazy - I so hear you.

when I had a day home, I had a snap inspection without warning and ta da! the following infractions:
-allowed children to use metal spoons (could fall and impale themselves on them)
-did not ensure toothpaste was up out of reach (poison hazard)
-used pack n' play crib for babies to nap in (they were not approved for that purpose only old fashioned playpens were - which babies have died in because that isn't what they are designed for!)

Argh!

Tami said...

UGH! That's ridiculous!

Maggie said...

Craziness! I didn't even know that could happen. I know my agency can stop by unannounced, but I didn't realize the state could make a surprise visit. What crazy things to get cited for.

atlasien said...

Who made a rule that you have to keep paper towels in your bathroom? A mad god?

Vanessa said...

That's awful! Especially the fruit bowl -- hello, you're providing healthy snacks for him, not leaving festering raw meat lying around on the counter.

Stilla Momma said...

See, this is what makes me sick! And then the kids whose foster parents don't bake cakes and give them fruit, but beat them and neglect them NEVER get visits!

Mijk said...

No I have to wondere where on earth I am supposed to store my fruit..

Nicki Mann said...

Those standards are friggin' CRAZY! You are raising children in your home, not running a hospital! I mean, if DCFS were to go door to door in my neighborhood and investigate that type of thing, ALL the children would be taken away! My mom is the biggest neat freak in the world, and she keeps a bowl of fresh fruit (uncovered) out in the open on the kitchen counter, and uses fabric towels in the bathroom instead of paper towels. I mean, come on, this is NUTS!

MetricGirl said...

got here from Maggie's... just wanted to say that is INSANE. Absolutely insane, all of it. The "no paper towels in the bathroom" part would have had me wondering if I was on candid camera.

june

Amanda said...

Ridiculous. I'm so sorry. This bites the big one.

FosterMom said...

And this is exactly why people either won't be foster parents or stop being foster parents. It's absolutely incredible the things that are required. I bet if you went to that inspector's house, you could cite them for the same things! Those rules are incredible, and nothing like that is in my state foster parent house guidelines. Yikes! I feel for you, honey!

Lionmom said...

You live in my state, I bet. Things are crazy here. What is the follow-up to these surprise inspections?

Maerlowe said...

I agree, it has gone crazy here.

I don't know what the follow-up is. Our agency will undoubtedly let us know. We have a new social worker (again!) who seems to be an inexperienced brat.

Whatever. If we wanted to forgo adoption assistance, we could adopt Huckle in two weeks and get the hell out.

Angel said...

OH MY GOSH!!! That is awful. I am so sorry. You would think that they would have better things to do with their time than pick on the people who are actually doing a good job!!!! That stinks. I would be just horrified and distraught. I guess I would have been written up for all the same things. Sounds like a normal house! :0( Angel