Register for an Orientation

Alert: On February 20,2024 CDSS will be updating the Children's Residential Program Orientation Registration Portal at 8:00 PM. Portal services may be unavailable from 8-10pm on that day. Please write to if you experience issues after this time period. 

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. If you are interested in obtaining a California license to operate a Children's Residential care facility, you must first attend an orientation.

Due to COVID-19, orientations are no longer in person. We now have tele-orientations using a free, online communication platform. Once registered, you will receive instructions for this.

Which orientation do I need to take?

If you are not sure which orientation to take, visit our facility types page to explore each of the nine facility types listed below.

How do I sign up?

To see the schedules, register and pay online click the appropriate link:

Other Resources

Licensing Laws and Regulations
Map of Children's Residential Regional Offices