Resources for Providers
The Children's Residential licensing programs provide short-term or long-term care for children who are no longer able to live with their parents or guardians. Please click on the link for the list of Children's Residential facility types.
If you are interested in obtaining a California license to operate a community care facility, you must first attend an orientation. For more information, please click on the link for orientation schedule or you may also call the regional office nearest you.
How to Become Licensed or Approved
Register for an Orientation
Forms and Publications
Translated Forms and Publications
Background Check Information
The California Health and Safety Code requires a background check of all applicants, licensees, adult residents, volunteers under certain conditions and employees of community care facilities who have contact with clients. If the California Department of Social Services finds that an individual has been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, the individual cannot work or be present in any community care facility unless they receive a criminal record exemption from the Community Care Licensing Division, Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB). Simply defined, an exemption is a Department authorized written document that "exempts" the individual from the requirement of having a criminal record clearance. CBCB also examines arrest records to determine if there is a possible danger to clients.
CA Background Clearance Listing
LIS/LAARS Check Unit
LiveScan Application and Fees
Instructions for Resource Family Approval Applicant Live Scan Request Form BCIA 8016
Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006
Information and Resources
The Community Care Licensing Division continues to strengthen and enhance our program including the commitment to educate our providers with helpful information.
Laws and Regulations
Guides and Key Indicator Tools (KIT)
Make a Complaint
Administrator Certification Program
Residential Quarterly Updates
County Letters and Notices
Children's Residential Regional Offices
of County Foster Family Home Licensing Program
and Safety Information
Support Program (TSP) Resource Guide for Licensees
Links and Partner Agencies
Provider Information Notices
Most Commonly Cited