State regulations contain the following statements:
- Foster children shall be directed with techniques that stress praise and encouragement.
- Foster children may not be subjected to verbal abuse, derogatory remarks or threats of removal from the foster home.
B. Punishment: The following forms of punishment are prohibited:
- Abusive discipline practices.
- Physical punishment inflicted upon the body.
- Punishment for bed wetting or actions related to toilet training.
- Delegation of punishment to another child.
- Denial of meals, clothing, or shelter.
- Denial of elements of the Service Plan or ISP.
- Denial of communication with, or visits by, the child’s family.
- Assignment of physically strenuous exercise or work solely as punishment.
- Passive physical restraint is the only allowable method of restraining a child, however; New Foundations employs a “no touch” policy, and passive physical restraint is strictly prohibited.
At New Foundations, Inc., acceptable consequences are:
- Reduction of allowance
- Reduction of privileges
- Assignment of practical tasks or chores