24-hour Residential Child Care Provider

Residential child care operations provide around-the-clock care for children 17 years or younger whose parents or guardians are temporarily or permanently unable to care for them. Residential child care includes General Residential Operations and Child-Placing Agencies.

General Residential Operations provide 24-hour care for 7 or more children 17 years or younger and may provide various treatment services, emergency care services, or therapeutic camps. General Residential Operations include Residential Treatment Centers.

Child-Placing Agencies are persons or organizations other than a child's natural parent or guardian who plan for placement of a child or place a child in a child care facility, foster home, or adoptive home. Foster Family Homes provide 24-hour care for 8 or fewer children 17 years or younger.

Foster Home Sampling

Senate Bill 6 (79th Legislature) amended Texas Human Resource Code (HRC) 42.044(e) to require Residential Child Care Licensing to inspect a random sample of agency foster homes.Information gained during these inspections is used to determine a child-placing agency’s compliance with the licensing law, rules, and minimum standards.

Foster Home Screenings

Additional Information for CPS Contractors