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STATE PLACES FAMILY DAY CARE LICENSE OF SAN FRANCISCO WOMAN ON THREE-YEAR PROBATION

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Department of Social Services has placed on three-year probation the community care license held by Janet Romanov to operate a family day care home at 226 21st Ave., San Francisco, on charges of caring for more children than her license permitted, caring for children at locations other than the licensed facility and lack of adequate supervision which permitted a toddler to leave the facility unnoticed and wander a couple of blocks away before being found by an individual who took the child to the police station. No missing child report was filed by the licensee for approximately four hours.
 "Most family day care providers in California abide by the regulation established to ensure the health and safety of the children," said Eloise Anderson, department director. "Unfortunately, we sometimes find individuals who ignore the terms of their licenses, and to protect the children we must take disciplinary action against the operator's license."
 The legal action followed a hearing before Administrative Law Judge Stewart A. Judson in San Francisco. On April 9, 1993, the department temporarily suspended Romanov's license. In addition to the charges of lack of supervision, she was charged with failing to maintain tuberculosis and criminal records clearances for staff, failure to maintain required records for children in care and failing to cooperate with licensing staff.
 Under the terms of probation, Romanov must maintain a roster of all children being cared for at the facility and must notify the department of any changes. She is prohibited from transferring any children enrolled in her facility to other day care homes in the neighborhood; must remove a gate between her backyard and a next-door care facility and install a fence in the back yard; must report all unusual incidents and permit unlimited and unannounced inspections by licensing evaluators; and must install new, fire inspector-approved, "child proof" locks in the facility to lessen the possibility of a child again leaving unnoticed through the front door.
 Romanov's facility was licensed by the department on Nov. 25, 1985, to provide non-medical care and supervision for no more than 12 children, including her own children under age 10 who live in the home, and no more than four infants at one time.
 The department licenses family day care facilities under the state's Health and Safety Code. Of over 85,000 licensed community care facilities in California, more than 47,500 are family day care homes providing care and supervision for almost 340,000 children from infants to age 12. In San Francisco County alone, more than 640 family day care homes serve more than 4,400 children.
 -0- 6/16/93
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: This is release no. 93:95./
 /CONTACT: Liz Brady of the Department of Social Services, 916-657-2268/


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