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A. Physical facilities of the alternative care home shall present no hazard to the safety of the children.

B. Alternative care homes shall meet Osage Nation zoning and housing requirements and/or be inspected by the Indian Child Welfare Department.

C. Physical standards for the alternative care home shall be set according to individual living standards for the community in which the alternative care home is located; these standards shall be sufficient to assure a degree of comfort which will provide for the well-being of the family and its self-respect in the community in which it resides. Such standards shall be no more or less stringent than any common cultural morals of Osage citizens.

D. Comfort and privacy.

1. It is preferable that children, regardless of the number, be allowed “their own space,” however large or small. Sharing of rooms is appropriate as long as there is sufficient individual space for each child and personal belongings;

2. The sharing of sleeping rooms by children of opposite sexes is acceptable for small children, but undesirable for children who may be experiencing difficulties in the development of their sexual identities, attitudes and behavior. Children, other than infants and during emergencies (illness), shall not share sleeping quarters with adults in the household;

3. Individual space shall be provided for the child’s personal belongings.

E. Alternative care family homes shall be reasonably accessible to schools, recreation, ceremonial grounds, churches, other community facilities and special resources, such as medical clinics, as needed.

F. If the home is otherwise suitable, the alternative care family shall be provided with all available assistance in meeting the above requirements, standards and/or codes.