Couple’s reptile business halts foster parent process


A Derby couple wanting to help children is finding out just how hard it is to become foster parents. After completing the initial steps, the couple has hit a snag with their business.

Darin and Tiffany Peterson say they’ve been working to become foster parents for months and are at the final step, a home walk through. But they say it’s this step that’s held them back.

“This is what we’ve been wanting to do, and this is what we were going to do,” said Tiffany Peterson, Derby.

The Petersons say they’ve completed classes and requirements like first aid to be licensed foster parents. And they knew there were things in their home they needed to change.

“We knew with our railings, we had to put up a guard,” said Tiffany.

What they didn’t know was their family business, would halt the process for months.

“We have snakes, lizards, turtles, invertebrates, spiders, bugs,” said Darin.

The Petersons own Scale-A-Brations, a business that shares reptiles with groups at kids parties. They housed the creatures in their basement, but say they were instructed by DCF to build a facility on their property for them, to possibly be approved.

“Notice how tiny this one is, and it’s full grown,” said Darin.

But it still wasn’t enough. 

“We were just in complete awe because we had done all this extra effort,” said Tiffany.

One issue centers around some of the Peterson’s snakes. A DCF statute states constricting reptiles shall not be kept or brought on to the foster home premises.

The Petersons say they understand the statute but believe they have gone above and beyond to create a safe space.

KSN reached out to DCF and they say things are moving in a positive direction with the Petersons, and there is still a full survey of the property that needs to be done. The Petersons are remaining hopeful.

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