24-hour 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 seven 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 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 six 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 Regulation 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 law, rules and minimum standards.