IMPORTANT: On July 14, 2021 Governor Parson signed into law HB557. All license-exempt facilities must register with DSS. According to 13 CSR 35-71.015, all licensed and license-exempt residential care facilities and child placing agencies must ensure that background checks on all new and current employees have been completed by March 31, 2022, unless the facility or agency has received an approved extension attached prior to the deadline.

What is a child placing agency?

A Child Placing Agency is any person, other than the parents, who places a child outside the home of the child’s parents or guardian. Examples of a child placing agency is any agency that provides the following services:

  • Adoption
  • Foster home placement
  • Foster home license recommendation

How do I apply for a license?

Follow these steps to apply for a license for a child placing agency:





  • Submit the application and all supporting documents by email or mail to:

    NOTE: Please send application and documents together in one email.


Background Checks

Anyone who has access to children (per 13 CSR 35-71.015) must complete a background check and register with the Family Care Safety Registry.

Are background checks required?

According to 13 CSR 35-71.015, child placing agencies which were in operation on July 14, 2021, must ensure background checks are complete by March 31, 2022, unless the facility or agency has received an approved extension before the deadline to comply with Missouri law.

Background checks must be completed on anyone in the facility who has access to children. This includes employees (including owners, managers, and support staff, etc.), officers, contractors, and volunteers.


If you need more information or have additional questions, please call 573-751-4954 for help.