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I'm having some trouble finding the info online (might help if I'd take a break from reading online, ironically enough! Too much at once!) - what's it like fostering in NH? Do they do legal-risk placements/foster-adopt here? Are there many placements, or few and far between? If we pursue this, we would want infants and children under 4 to be placed with us. (Preferably a young sib set.)<br><br>
And what is the sq. footage requirement for each child?<br><br>
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I don't live in NH but did a quick search of the NH DHHS website. Here are the laws and regs. They will give you a start.<br><br><a href="http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/FCADOPTION/LAWS-RULES-POLICIES/default.htm" target="_blank">http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/FCA...ES/default.htm</a><br><br>
Most places probably don't have a square footage requirement except for the child's bedroom.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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I talked to them today, and NH doesn't have a sq. footage requirement. Each child has to have their own bed and bureau, I think is really the important thing.<br><br>
They do FTA here as well as straight foster. Waiting for children 3 and younger is going to make it take longer before we get a placement but there are obviously going to be children in that group. (And I'd assume that being fost-adopt only would make it longer still.)<br><br>
She said it can take up to a year to get licensed... is that common? I'm sure I read time frames that were significantly less than that.
 

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All of my kids have been younger than three when placed. Two were younger than six months. I'm not sure that it would take longer to get a placement.<br><br>
I got the first baby the same day that I was told my licence was approved. Chris came six weeks after the baby left.<br><br>
You might want to ask on the fosterparents.com board. There will be people from NH who can share their experiences. A few people there (from around the country) waited about a year but lots of people didn't have nearly such a long wait. A lot depends on when the classes are scheduled to begin.
 

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Classes are scheduled to begin in August, so theoretically the ball should be rolling pretty quickly.<br><br>
It's good to know that you didn't wait long for a placement, hopefully we won't either. Thanks!
 

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Our classes are 30 hours. Some counties do it over ten weeks (like I did it) others do it in two long weekends. Your state may be completely different.<br><br>
Then you have all the inspections and licensing visits. Mine were were quick and painless, but I have read stories from people who waited months. If they are telling you that it could take a year, that's not a good sign. Hopefully, not but who knows.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Our classes are 30 hours. Some counties do it over ten weeks (like I did it) others do it in two long weekends. Your state may be completely different.<br><br>
Then you have all the inspections and licensing visits. Mine were were quick and painless, but I have read stories from people who waited months. If they are telling you that it could take a year, that's not a good sign. Hopefully, not but who knows.</div>
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Could she have been saying that we have a year to complete our end of things once we begin the process? Perhaps I misunderstood her?<br><br>
I will definitely try to find out from folks who have fostered in NH what I can reasonably expect.
 
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