I had to fill out a clothing inventory a while back. It was interesting to see what my agency/DH$ thought were appropriate quantities of clothing.
For an child from 0-1year the minimum pairs of shoes expected was 2. A child from 6-13 was only required to have one pair of shoes.
Now where I come from infants/non-walking babies don't wear shoes. My babies went barefoot in the summer and wore socks or booties during cooler weather.
As I continue to do foster care I am beginning to realize that shoes for babies may be a cultural issue?
I also found it interesting that all children regardless of age needed to have between 5-10 undershirts. I have to admit that once my children outgrew wearing onesies I have never in my life bought another undershirt, say for a toddler or older.
I enjoyed the fact than once a child turns 4 years old they are required to have 9 pair of socks/pantyhose. Never in my life did I imagine children wearing pantyhose.
When a girl turns 10 she is required to have 7 bras and 1 slip, minimum. Do you know how almost impossible it is to find a slip these days. I had given up when my oldest was 16, occasionally I could find one at Sears, but that was about the extent of stores in my area who sold slips. I can also say with certainty that while I was buying my girls bras they never had more than 3, maybe 4 if they had a sports bra at a time. Now that they buy there own they may have more, but 7 seems rather a lot.
I think it is a bit odd to require a minimum of 7 bras for one child while only asking a foster parent to buy one pair of shoes for that same child.
Maybe it is time to take a fresh look at the clothing inventory form?
After I typed the above line, I scanned the form for a revised date, this clothing inventory form was revised in 2011? Hmm...