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Foster Home/Child Care

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What is Foster Care

When children can't live safely at home and no appropriate non-custodial parent, relative, for close family friend is willing and able to care for them, the court can give temporary legal possession to CPS. CPS temporarily places these children in foster care. Foster care settings include:

  • Foster family homes.
  • Foster family group homes.
  • Residential group care facilities.
  • Facilities overseen by another state agency.

Foster care is meant to be temporary until a permanent living arrangement is found. However, it can become permanent - usually when a foster parent adopts or accepts permanent managing conservatorship of a child.

The City of Amarillo Environmental Health Department strives to ensure a safe living environment for children in foster care by offering an Environmental inspection focusing on possible health and safety issues.

What is a Child-Care Center

A child-care facility that is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to care for seven or more children for less than 24 hours per day, at a location other than the permit holder’s home. If the facility was licensed before September 1, 2003, the location of the center could be in the permit holder’s home. 

The City of Amarillo Environmental Health Department serves a important role in the licensing process by ensuring each facility is in compliance with Subchapter R, Health Practices of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Minimum Standards.

Environmental Health Inspection Application


Child Care Minimum Standards 2017

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