Our mission is to ensure protection to children and vulnerable adults who are receiving care from licensed agencies and facilities by enforcing rules and laws such as the Child Care Organizations Act (1973 PA 116) and the Adult Foster Care Facility Licensing Act (1979 PA 218).
The Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing conducts onsite inspections to determine compliance with state law and licensing rules, provides technical assistance and consultation to improve the quality of service and investigates complaints alleging violations of licensing rules or law.
The following agencies and facilities are required by law to be licensed:
- Adult Foster Care: Family, small, large and congregate adult foster care homes, homes for the aged and specialized programs for developmentally disabled and/or mentally ill individuals who reside in adult foster care homes.
- Child Care: Family and group child care homes and child care centers.
- Child Welfare: Child caring institutions, child placing agencies, children's camps, adult foster care camps, juvenile court-operated facilities.
The bureau is also responsible for ensuring regulated agencies and facilities follow state law and licensing rules. If the violations are not corrected and state law and licensing rules continue to be violated, the department may take a variety of disciplinary actions against the agency or facility. The most serious is the summary suspension and closure or revocation of the license/registration.