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Voluntarily Registered Family Day Homes (VRFDH)

Voluntary Registration is a form of regulation available to family day homes that are not required to be licensed. These homes have four or fewer children in care, at any one time, not including the provider's own child and any children who reside in the home. Voluntary Registration is not available in areas where local ordinances regulated unlicensed providers (Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax). The program is administered by community-based agencies that have a contract with the Virginia Department of Social Services to perform this function in a specific area of the state.

To become registered, a family day home provider must submit an application, a $50.00 non-refundable application fee, and the results of a TB screening and the results of a criminal history search and a child abuse registry search, and a submit a sworn statement or affirmation for themselves, any adults that reside in the home, any assistants or any substitute providers. Additional requirements include a child abuse search for children in the home age 14 - 17. Lastly, they must complete a self-assessment of their compliance with the health and safety requirements using the health and safety checklist.

The contract agency or the Division of Licensing will conduct a home inspection to confirm compliance with the health and safety requirements. Upon recommendation for approval, VDSS' Commissioner issues a two-year certificate of registration. During the two-year period, the contracting agency and VDSS licensing staff monitor a sample number of registered homes for compliance with the requirements.

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