Georgia Department of Human Resources: Office of Regulatory Services
Georgia Office of Regulatory Services
Recent Changes in the Department of Human Services
Prior to 2009, the Office of Regulatory Services was responsible for regulating adult long-term care, hospital healthcare, and residential child care. In July of 2009 the Office of Regulatory Services' parent department, the Georgia Department of Human Resources, was transformed into the Department of Human Services.
As part of this change, the Office of Regulatory Services handed responsibility for adult long-term care and hospital health-care over to the Georgia Department of Community Health. With its duties limited to regulating only residential child care, the Office of Regulatory Services was made into the Office of Residential Child Care (ORCC).
Office of Residential Child Care - The New Georgia Office of Regulatory Services
The Office of Residential Child Care is the regulatory body for residential child care programs in the state of Georgia. The ORCC inspects, licenses, and registers residential child care providers across the state. It also helps consumers find an appropriate child care facilities and files any complaints made against providers.
The goal of the Georgia ORCC is to ensure that all residential child care services provided to consumers is both safe and healthy. In order to achieve this vision and fulfill its lawful duties the ORCC carries out its published mission to the best of its ability: "The mission of ORCC is to promote the delivery of safe and healthy services by regulated providers through our inspection, and enforcement efforts."
Office of Residential Child Care Services
The Office of Residential Child Care provides three main types of services to the providers and consumers of child care.
Residential Child Care Regulation - The ORCC inspects, monitors, and licenses residential child care providers. In 2004, responsibility for non-Pre-K day centers, group day care centers and family day care homes was handed over to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The ORCC is responsible for all other child care centers.
Laws and Regulations - The inspections done by the ORCC are intended to ensure that child care providers are operating at acceptable levels of safety as defined by Georgia statutes, rules, and regulations. The ORCC supplies child care providers with access to these laws and helps answer questions about those laws.
Criminal Records Checks - The ORCC performs criminal records checks for child care providers. This check searches the Georgia Crime Information Center database for information about a prospective employee's criminal background based on that person's name, social security number, and date of birth.
Contact the Office of Residential Child Care
Residential Child Care Section
Two Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3142
Phone: (404) 657-9644
Fax: (404) 657-9637