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Children’s Residential In-Person Orientations

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.

Licensing Programs:

Adoption Agencies (AA) – Organizations licensed by the state of California to transact in assisting the permanent placement of children to adoptive parents.
 
Crisis Nurseries (CN) – Facilities licensed by the Department to provide short-term, 24-hour non-medical residential care and supervision for children under six years of age, who are placed by a parent or legal guardian due to a family crisis or a stressful situation, for no more than 30 days.

Foster Family Agency (FFA)  – Engages in the recruiting, certifying, and training of, and providing professional support to, foster parents, or in finding homes or other places for placement of children for temporary or permanent care who require that level of care as an alternative to Group Home.
 
Foster Family Homes (FFH)  – Provide 24-hour care and supervision in the licensee's family residence for no more than six children. Care is provided to children who are mentally disabled, developmentally disabled, or physically handicapped, children who have been removed from their home because of neglect or abuse, and children who require special health care needs and supervision as a result of such disabilities.
 
Group Homes (GH)  – Facilities of any capacity and provide 24-hour non-medical care and supervision to children in a structured environment. Group Homes provide social, psychological, and behavioral programs for troubled youths. Included in this category are Community Treatment Facilities and Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelters.
 
Small Family Homes (SFH)  – Provide 24-hour-a-day care in the licensee's family residence for six or fewer children who are mentally disabled, developmentally disabled, or physically handicapped, and who require special care and supervision as a result of such disabilities.

Transitional Housing Placement Program + Foster Care (THP+FC) – A foster care program offered by a licensed transitional housing placement provider for non-minor dependents age 18-21, to provide non-minor dependents with assistance in developing the skills needed for transitioning to independent living.

Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) – A foster care program offered by a licensed transitional housing placement provider for 16 and 17 year old minor wards or dependents up to age 18, to provide minors with the opportunities to practice the skills needed to live independently upon exiting the foster care system.

Regional Program Office Locations and Orientations Offered:

For licensing orientation information in your area, click on the corresponding location.

  • Central California – San Jose   (serving Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara & Santa Cruz Counties): Group Home and Single Family Home.
  • Central California – Fresno   (serving Alpine, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Stanislaus, and Tulare Counties): Adoption Agency, Foster Family Agency, Foster Family Home, Group Home, Small Family Home and Transitional Housing Placement.
  • Northern California  – Sacramento   (serving Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Tuolumne and Yolo Counties): Foster Family Agency, Group Home, Small Family Home and Transitional Housing Placement.
  • Northern California  – Chico (serving Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba Counties): Foster Family Agency, Group Home, and Transitional Housing Placement.
  • Northern California – Sacramento and Chico (serving Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Sierra, Solano, Trinity, and Yolo Counties): Foster Family Homes Only 
  • LA Metro and Valley   (serving Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties): Group Home, Small Family Home, Transitional Housing Placement.
  • LA and Tri-Coastal   (serving Los Angeles, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura ): Foster Family Home, Group Home, Small Family Home, Transitional Housing Placement.
  • Pacific Inland   (serving Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties): Foster Family Agency, Group Home and Small Family Home.
  • Pacific Inland – Orange – (serving Orange County): Foster Family Agency, Group Home and Small Family Home.
  • Pacific Inland – San Diego   (serving San Diego and Imperial counties): Group Home and Small Family Home.