Children's Care Licensing

Children’s Care Licensing licenses Child-Caring Agencies that operate any of the following:

  • Academic Boarding Schools
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Day Treatment Programs
  • Homeless and Runaway Youth Shelters
  • Residential Programs for Youth Transitioning to Independence
  • Residential Treatment Facilities
  • Therapeutic Foster Care Programs
  • Therapeutic Outdoor Youth Programs
Children’s Care Licensing does NOT oversee “Day Care”.  For information regarding Family Child Care or Child Care Centers contact Oregon Department of Education, Early Learning Division at 1 (800) 556-6616​


Oregon law requires child-caring agencies to be licensed. Children’s Care Licensing sets the licensing requirements for agencies that operate in Oregon and makes sure that agencies meet the requirements before receiving a license.

Children’s Care Licensing umbrella licensing rules apply to all child caring agencies, and there are other specific requirements for each different type of child-caring agency. The requirements describe what kinds of programs and businesses need to be licensed, the training that employees of licensed agencies must have, the policies that the licensed agency must have in place, how the physical environment must be maintained to keep children safe and many other aspects of how a licensed agency must operate.

Find out more about licensing requirements for each different type of child caring agency.​​​

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information about licensing of child-caring agencies or applying for a license, you can email or call any of the Children’s Care Licensing​ staff listed on our Contacts page.

Children’s Care Licensing 
201 High Street SE, Suite 500
Salem, OR 97301