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What is a Child Caring Institution?

A Child Caring Institution is defined in the Child Care Organizations Act 116 of 1973, as amended:

"...a child care facility which is organized for the purpose of receiving minor children for care, maintenance, and supervision, usually on a 24-hour basis, in buildings maintained by the institution for that purpose, and operates throughout the year."

Who licenses Child Caring Institutions?

The Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Division of Child Welfare Licensing (DCWL), is the licensing agency for Child Caring Institutions.

The Licensing staff inspect child caring institution programs for compliance with the requirements contained in the Administrative Rules for Child Caring Institutions and issues licenses.

Act 116 specifically exempts hospitals, nursing homes, boarding schools, and facilities operating under Act No. 451 of the Public Acts of 1976, sections 330.2002 to 330.2106.