Children's Residential Program

The Children’s Residential Program has regulatory oversight of licensed facilities caring for minors, age 0 through 17 and non-minor dependents age 18 through 21 in out-of-home care.

The core mission of the Children's Residential Program is to protect and improve the lives of all youth who reside in a community care facility through the administration of a transparent licensing system that is collaborative, fair, and supportive of families.  The roles and responsibilities of the licensing division include prevention, compliance, and enforcement.

The Program consists of one Program Office at headquarters in Sacramento, and five regional offices with seven local units throughout California.  The five regional offices are in Sacramento, San Jose, Riverside, Monterey Park and El Segundo.  The Program also includes the Foster Family Home (FFH) County Licensing and the Out-of-State Group Home Certification Program.