A licensing agency may authorize a foster family home to provide 24-hour care for up to eight foster children, for the purpose of placing siblings or half siblings together in foster care. This authorization may be granted only if all of the following conditions are met:
(A) The foster family home is not a specialized foster care home as defined in subdivision (i) of Section 17710 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(B) The home is sufficient in size to accommodate the needs of all children in the home.
(C) For each child to be placed, the child's placement social worker has determined that the child's needs will be met and has documented that determination.
The licensing agency may authorize a foster family home to provide 24-hour care for more than eight children only if the foster family home specializes in the care of sibling groups, that placement is solely for the purpose of placing together one sibling group that exceeds eight children, and all of the above listed conditions are met.
(Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 793, Sec. 9.)