Children and Families



Licensing protects the health, safety and rights of those receiving services by requiring that providers meet minimum standards of care.

  • General information

    Learn more about licenses, background studies and maltreatment investigations.

  • Background studies

    Conducted by DHS for license applications and individuals providing direct services in licensed programs and facilities.

  • Frequently asked questions

    Answers to frequently asked questions about background studies, child care licensing, maltreatment investigations, background investigations and record retention guidelines.

  • Licensing Lookup

    Search DHS’ licensing information database for frequently requested public information.

  • Licensed programs

    A listing of the types of programs licensed by DHS, including programs for children and programs for people with disabilities and vulnerable adults.

  • Maltreatment investigations

    Help protect the health, safety and well-being of individuals receiving services at licensed facilities.

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