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The Foster Care and Residential Facility Licensing Division is responsible for licensure and regulation of all 24-hour-per-day, seven-day-per-week child care facilities in the State of Kansas. Our task is to ensure these facilities are operated and maintained with strict regard for the health, safety and welfare of the children residing in them. These facilities include:

  • Child Placement Agencies (CPA)
  • Family Foster Homes
  • Group Boarding Homes and Residential Centers
  • Detention and Secure Care Centers
  • Attendant Care Facilities
  • Staff Secure Facilities
  • Secure Residential Treatment Facilities

The Division conducts initial licensure and ongoing compliance inspections and complaint investigations when necessary.  The Foster Care and Residential Facility Licensing Division does not place children in care.  Children are placed by parents or a guardian, by a public agency, such as the Prevention and Protection Services (PPS) division or by a CPA licensed to perform placement services. 

Foster Care Licenisng & Background Checks Division Contacts Rev 3-20
Regulations for Licensing Family Foster Homes Effective March 28, 2008

FCLBC Complaint Brochure


How to Open and Obtain a License for a Group Boarding Home or Residential Facility

Permanent Regulations for Staff Secure Facilities
Permanent regulations for the licensure of Staff Secure Facilities were published in the Kansas Register on March 13, 2014 and are effective March 28, 2014.  The regulations are necessary to implement provisions of Senate Substitute for House Bill 2034.  Staff Secure Facilities are intended to meet the health and safety needs of child victims of human trafficking. 

Policy Regulation Exceptions and Interpretations
Request For Program Review Rev 3-20

Exception Requests for Foster Homes - 06/2018


Family Foster Home
Twenty-four hour family care for one to four children between the ages of infancy to 16 years of age.

Group Boarding Home
Twenty-four hour nonsecure care for five to ten children between the ages of infancy to 16 years of age.
Residential Center
Twenty-four hour nonsecure care for over ten children between the ages of infancy to 16 years of age.
Attendant Care Facility
Non secure care not to exceed 24 hours excluding weekends and holidays for juveniles taken into custody.
Detention Center
A secure public or private facility which is used for the lawful custody of accused or adjudicated juvenile offenders under 16 years of age pending court disposition.
Secure Care Center
A secure youth residential facility, other than a juvenile detention facility, used to provide care and treatment for alleged or adjudicated children in need of care pursuant to the Kansas code for the care of children.
Secure Residential Treatment Facility
A secure facility operated or structured to provide a therapeutic residential care alternative to psychiatric hospitalization for five or more youth with a diagnosis of severe emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric condition.
"Treatment" means comprehensive, individualized, goal-directed, therapeutic services provided to youth.
Staff Secure Facility
A type of secure residential facility designed to meet the care and safety needs of victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.


Special Categories of Service Requiring a A License

Child Placing Agency
A social service agency which receives children for services including placement in residential programs or in foster family homes, or for adoption.