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Residential Care Information

The California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, issues licenses for residential facilities which provide 24-hour non-medical care for children, adults and the elderly.

For Whom:

  • Foster Family Homes (FFH) provide 24-hour care and supervision in a family setting in the licensee's family residence for no more than six children.
  • Group Homes (GH) provide 24-hour non-medical care and supervision to children in a structured environment.
  • Small Family Homes (SFH) provide 24-hour care in the licensee's family residence for six or fewer children who are mentally disordered, developmentally disabled or physically handicapped and who require special care and supervision as a result of such disabilities.
  • Adult Residential Facilities (ARF) provide care for adults age 18-59, who are unable to provide for their own daily needs.
  • Adult Day Programs (ADP) provide care to persons 18 years of age or older in need of personal services, supervision, or assistance essential for sustaining the activities of daily living or for the protection of these individuals on less than a 24-hour basis.
  • Social Rehabilitation Facilities provide care in a group setting to adults recovering from mental illnesses who temporarily need assistance, guidance, or counseling.
  • Residential Care Facilities for the Chronically Ill (RCF-CI) provide care and supervision to adults who have Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
  • Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) provide non-medical care to persons 60 years of age and over but also persons under 60 with compatible needs.

Where To Get Help

For more information or questions regarding the licensing categories listed above, please contact your local Community Care Licensing District Office.


Further information please visit the Community Care Licensing Home Page.

The Technical Support Program (TSP) was established as a consultative arm of the Community Care Licensing Division. Its purpose is to assist residential care providers to achieve and maintain compliance with licensing regulations and training sessions and to improve communication between care providers and the licensing agency. TSP services are provided free of charge and on a voluntary basis.

The TSP emphasizes prevention through education by assisting care providers to develop procedures that will help prevent compliance problems. A major focus of each consultation is to provide licensees and facility staff with information necessary to assist them to operate their facilities with a fuller understanding of licensing requirements.

If you are a licensed care provider and are interested in the services of the TSP, please contact your local district licensing office for more information.