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Foster Care Operating Certificate


State Children and Family Services, Office of

Foster care residential programs must have a Foster Care Operating Certificate. This certificate is issued by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS).

These programs include boarding homes, group homes, and shelters. Any institution that provides residential care and services to destitute, neglected, or abandoned children also needs this certificate.

Programs must follow new national and state guidelines on food they provide to their clients. Consult the free training materials in "Additional Resources" to learn more.

NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

Capital View Office Park
52 Washington Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144-2834
Phone (518) 473-7793
Fax (518) 486-7550

Toll Free Number: (800) 345-5437

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