Residential Child Care Licensing

The Residential Child Care Licensing (RCCL) unit inspects, monitors, licenses, and registers a variety of child care facilities. The purpose of our work is to ensure that facilities and programs operate at acceptable levels, as mandated by state statutes and by rules and regulations as well as to keep the public and referral sources informed on the performance of those facilities and programs.  Facilities requiring a license from RCCL include Child Caring Institutions, Child Placing Agencies, Outdoor Child Caring Programs, Children's transitional Care Centers and Maternity Homes. The two largest of these facility types are the Child Caring Institutions and the Child Placing Agencies. 

Child Caring Institutions (CCI’s) are commonly referred to as group homes and include any institution, society, agency, or facility that provides full-time care for 6 or more children through 18 years of age outside of their own homes. 

Child Placing Agencies are any institution, society, agency, or facility which places children in foster homes for temporary care or in prospective adoptive homes for adoption.

RCCL works to ensure that facilities and programs operate at acceptable levels, as mandated by State statutes and by rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Board of Human Services. 

Additionally, as of July 1, 2011, all 501(c)(3) organizations providing services to runaway or homeless children are required to register with the Residential Child Care Licensing (RCCL) unit pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 49-5-160 et. seq. Although RCCL does not license the RHYP’s, they are subject to registration and periodic inspections by the RCCL unit.

How to apply for residential child care licenses

To file a complaint email RCCReports@dhs.ga.gov and staff will contact you regarding your complaint.

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