Child Caring Institutions (CCI)


Any child-welfare facility which either primarily or incidentally provides full-time room, board and watchful oversight to six or more children through 18 years of age outside of their own homes.


  • Child welfare agencies and other facilities and institutions wherein children and youths are detained which are operated by any department or agency of state, county or municipal government.
  • Any bona fide boarding school whose primary purpose of admission is education, provided that such facility in order to claim exemption shall operate under a published academic educational curriculum which meets the requirements of the State Department of Education, shall have classroom facilities which are not used for residential living, shall not have been granted nor have assumed legal custody of children attending the facility, and shall not provide service planning and casework services as described in the licensing rules.
  • Facilities owned and operated by the state or federal government.
  • Temporary recreational facilities and programs which limit residency to no more than three months, such as summer camps.

Type Requirements:

A child caring institution must obtain a license or temporary license.

Legal Authority: O.C.G.A. §§ 49-5-12, 49-5-12.1, 49-2-17, 49-5-3, 49-5-8, and 49-5-60 et seq.

The following link will take you to the Code of Georgia-Free Public Access website Official Georgia Code Annotated


Rules and Regulations for Child Caring Institutions, Chapter 290-2-5, effective January 1, 2021.

License: No charge

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