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To view the New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.), click on the licensing regulations link. To obtain a printed copy contact OOL at 1-877-667-9845. Most manuals are free of charge. 

To view New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.), click HERE.

Under the State "sunset" law, all regulations must be reviewed at least every five years to ensure that they are reasonable and necessary. Amendments or new rules may be developed at any time in order to comply with new laws, improve services or meet changing community needs. Amendments and new rules are developed in consultation with representatives of the regulated programs and the general public. If you would like to participate in the process of developing amendments or new rules contact OOL.

All proposed changes to regulations must be published in the New Jersey Register, an official publication of the Office of Administrative Law, and made available for public comment. Click HERE for recent DCF rule proposals and adoptions.

Type of Program

Licensing Laws

Licensing Regulations

Children's Residential Treatment Centers

N.J.S.A. 30:1-14 and 15 N.J.S.A. 30:4C-4

N.J.A.C. 3A:55 Manual of Requirements for Residential Child Care Facilities 

Children's Group Homes

N.J.S.A. 30:1-14 and 15 N.J.S.A. 30:4C-4

N.J.A.C. 3A:56 Manual of Requirements for Children's Group Homes 

Youth Partial Care Services

N.J.S.A. 30:9A

N.J.A.C. 3A:58 Children's Partial Care Programs 

Child Care Centers

N.J.S.A. 30:5B-1 to 15
Child Care Center Licensing Act

N.J.A.C. 3A:52
Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers

For a printed copy, send your name, mailing address and $5.00 check or money order made payable to "Treasurer, State of New Jersey" to:
DCF Office of Licensing
Publication Request and Fees
PO Box 657
Trenton, NJ  08646-0657

Family Child Care Registration

N.J.S.A. 30:5B-16 et seq.
Family Day Care Provider Registration Act

N.J.A.C. 3A:54
Manual of Requirements for Family Child Care Registration

Adoption Agencies

Click HERE for a listing of both in-state and out-of-state adoption agencies licensed by NJ.


N.J.S.A. 9:3-37

N.J.A.C. 3A:50
Manual of Requirements for Adoption Agencies

Resource Family Homes

N.J.S.A. 30:4C-27.3 et seq.
Resource Family Parent Licensing Act

N.J.A.C. 3A:51
Manual of Requirements for Resource Family Parents


Children's Shelters and Shelter Homes

N.J.S.A. 30-1 to 14 and 15
N.J.S.A. 30:4C-4
N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-37
N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-20 et seq.

N.J.A.C. 3A:53
Manual of Standards for Children's Shelter Facilities and Homes