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It is that time of year again…..foster care renewal time.  Did you think I was going to talk about the holidays??  Every year you have to renew your license with the DFS (Department of Family Services).  It consists of WORK.  It is one of the parts I dread about fostering.  If you are interested I will give you a quick run down on what a renewal consists of.

  1. Home check.  A social worker comes out to your house and completely checks your home.  You are not allowed to have any medications in the reach of children and they have to be locked up.  You must have covers on all of your outlets.  There can be no cleaning products under 6 ft.  Your fire extinguishers have to be replaced with new ones.
  2. Continuing Education. Both Scott and I had to do 4 hours of continuing education.  These classes are very helpful in life, but still, work.  I learned about substance abuse, ADHD, Drug exposed babies, and more.  I graduated in counseling and totally should go get my masters.  I absolutely love those topics.
  3. CPR certified.  We both had to renew our CPR certification.  Every time I renew this I think I couldn’t possibly learn anything new, and then I do.  I will give you a little recap in case you (like I) forget the numbers.
    1. For adults, children, & infants if they aren’t breathing you do 30 chest compressions and 2 breaths.  When doing the chest compressions on adults and children you go about 2 1/2 inches down.  For infants only about 1 1/2 inches down and only use 2-3 fingers.
    2. If an infant is choking you hold them downwards on your arm and give 5 pounds downward on their back and then flip them over and give them 5 chest compressions with 2 fingers.  Continue doing this until they cough up what is stuck or they stop breathing and then start CPR.  This is a fabulous, easy example to hang in your kitchen.

Good luck with your renewal if you are already fostering and if not hope I helped recap a little CPR for you.

xoxo Shea