How Many Foster Children Can You Have In One Room?
During our second PRIDE class, we learned a little more about the process, and one of the questions that was asked when we began discussing children and sleeping arrangements, was "how many children can you have in one bedroom?" The answer may surprise you.
I was a little shocked to find out that you can have up to four children of the same sex in one bedroom. They said it can get quite crowded, and it isn't recommended, but it is still allowed. Now before you begin picturing houses packed full of foster children, and greedy foster parents collecting check after check for housing all of these kids, states do put a limit as to how many children you can have in your home at one time. Sure exceptions can be made on a case by case basis, but in general, the rules are the rules.
In our state the limit on children in the home is 6, and this includes any biological children who are still living at home. So if you have two biological children in the home, you would be limited to 4 foster children, who could potentially live in the same room, if they all happened to be of the same gender.
Do you think that the children would be happy to have a safe and loving house, even if they were cramped together into one bedroom, or would the stress of living in such close quarters be too much for already emotionally unhealthy and unstable children to bare? Is 4 children in one room just too much, or is it a realistic limit set by the state?