Resources from NRCPFC

Dual Licensure

  • Dual Licensure of Foster and Adoptive Families - Evolving Best Practices: 
    The intent of this paper is to provide information about best or promising practices in the states and to inform colleagues across the nation considering the practice of dual licensure and/or conducting common home studies with foster and adoptive families. This survey was funded by Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support. By Lorrie Lutz with Sarah B. Greenblatt  (2000)
  • Dual Licensure PowerPoint Presentation
    This presentation from NRCPFC Executive Director Gerald P. Mallon presents an overview of findings from research conducted by NRCPFC and funded by Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support.  See above for full report.

Foster Care

  • Foster Home Licensing
    NRCPFC complied this document providing links, where available, to online state regulations and policies regarding foster home licensing requirements. Basic information is also provided regarding licensing agency, types of license, kinship care provisions, and dual (foster/adoptive) licensing. (April 2007)

Foster Care Licensure

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway- State Guides & Manuals Search (Licensing)
    The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a database of links to State publications that describe child welfare services and provide guidance to professionals and families on various topics, including those pertaining to licensing.  To conduct a search of individual states’ publications relating to licensing, select “Licensing” from the “Select Topic(s)” list.

Research & Reports

  • Report to Congress on States’ Use of Waivers of Non-Safety Licensing Standards for Relative Foster Family Homes
    This report from the Children’s Bureau to Congress provides data from the 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia regarding the number of children in relative family foster family home placements, as well as an assessment of the types of non-safety licensing standards waived.  Additionally, the report discusses various strategies utilized by the States to increase relative caregiver licensing, including policy and administrative strategies, identification and recruitment of relatives, and training activities. (2011)

Kinship/Relative Foster Care

*For additional information and resources regarding licensing and training of kinship caregivers, visit our Kinship/Relative Care hot topic.

  • Relative Foster  Care Licensing Waivers in the States: Policies and Possibilities
    The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 may be prompting many states to evaluate their child welfare policies and practices, including those related to foster care licensing and case-by-case waivers that may be needed in the cases of children placed with relatives.  In an effort to provide states with critical information as they examine their licensing policies and practices, this document from CLASP and ABA Center on Children and the Law presents background information on licensing for relatives.  It also includes an overview of Title IV-E (of the Social Security Act) reimbursement for relative foster homes and information on the current landscape of waivers of foster home licensing standards, as well as recommendations for licensing standards that can help further the goal of maintaining family connections for children in foster care. (September 2010)


  • AdoptUSKids: State Adoption and Foster Care Information
    This page from AdoptUSKids, a service of the Children’s Bureau and member of the Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network, provides information on adoption and foster care licensing requirements which is searchable by specific State, Territory, or Tribe.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau, dedicates sections of their website to information and resources regarding out-of-home care licensure:

The Gateway also contains information on processes involved with resource family licensure/certification, including the homestudy and pre-adoption training, through the following sections:


Last updated 12/5/13