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:
- 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:
- You must first review, and comply with the following, before submitting your application:
Submit the application and all supporting documents by email or mail to:
- Residential Program Unit
PO Box 88
Jefferson City, MO 65102
NOTE: Please send application and documents together in one email.
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.