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(A) Two (2) parents shall be selected in most cases; however, single parents shall be selected when they can more effectively fulfill the needs of a particular child.

(B) The presence of other children (either own or foster), and other adults (i.e., grandparents, aunts, etc., or unrelated persons) shall be taken into consideration in terms of how they might be affected by or have an effect upon another child.

(C) The number and ages of children in a home (both own and foster) shall be considered on an individual basis, taking into account the foster parent’s ability to meet the needs of all children present in the home, physical accommodations of the home, and especially the effect which an additional child would have on the family as a unit. It is preferable that:

(1) Foster parent(s) shall care for not more than two (2) infants (under two (2)); including the foster parent(s)’ own children.

(2) Foster families should not have more than a total of six (6) children, including foster children and foster parent’s own children, in the foster home. Exceptions shall be made in order to keep siblings together.

(3) The age range of the children in a foster home shall be similar to that in a “normal” family in order to lessen competition and comparisons.

(4) All placement situations shall consider the effect of having some children in the foster home whose parents visit them and other children whose parents do not.

(5) A foster home shall not provide placements for more than one (1) agency at a time without a written agreement delineating the responsibilities of all parties involved. [Res. 05-R-90 § 5, 7/20/2005.]