Found following in article from local station news from April when the new regs were passed into law:
Previously, houses with basements were less likely to be approved,
which often ruled out good parents. New regulations now ease up on the type of
home an approved parent can share. "The homes that we weren't able to license,
we're going to be able to back and see if they meet the standard's now and
then could potentially open up the number of homes we have for kids.
I didn't know that homes with basements were less likely to be approved. I understand, they don't want kids living in crawl spaces (neither do I - there are spiders and mildew and creepy crawly things in those places!), but I think this regulation seems extreme. And it frightens me that a basement would prevent me from doing something that I feel so compelled to do right now, would prevent me from helping a child in need.
Um, HELLO!!!!, this is KANSAS!!! home of Dorothy. I think homes WITHOUT basements should be banned. Can anyone at the state say T.O.R.N.A.D.O.???
But then I read this in the actual regulations:
"Living space" means the rooms in a family foster home that are used for
family activities, including the living room, dining room, family room, game or
television room, and sleeping rooms. This term shall not include bathrooms,
laundry rooms, and garages.
And I think to myself....if I take out all the actual furniture in our downstairs family room and office, then all that leaves in the finished portion is DH's bathroom and the laundry room. So, maybe we can get around this by moving our office upstairs to one of our other spare bedrooms and selling the hideous sectional and t.v. with the green "bruise" in the upper left hand corner of the screen. I would gladly give up that, and it would cost me nothing except the argument that will certainly occur if DH and I attempt to move furniture, together, up the stairs, again.
I think I will wait for the home visit instead of freaking out. I may have just found myself a loop hole....