A. Any person who maintains a family day home serving fewer than five children, exclusive of the provider’s own children and any children who reside in the home, may apply for voluntary registration. An applicant for voluntary registration shall file with the Commissioner, prior to beginning any such operation and thereafter biennially, an application which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
4. Documentation that the background check requirements for registered child welfare agencies in Article 3 (§ 63.2-1719 et seq.) have been met.
3. A schedule for fees to be paid by the providers to the contract organization or to the Department if it implements the provisions of this section for processing applications for the voluntary registration of family day homes. The charges collected shall be maintained for the purpose of recovering administrative costs incurred in processing applications and certifying such homes as eligible or registered;
5. The requirement that upon receipt of a complaint concerning a registered family day home, the Commissioner shall cause an investigation to be made, including on-site visits as he deems necessary, of the activities, services, and facilities. The person who maintains such home shall afford the Commissioner reasonable opportunity to inspect the operator’s facilities and records and to interview any employees and any child or other person within his custody or control. Whenever a registered family day home is determined by the Commissioner to be in noncompliance with the regulations for voluntarily registered family day homes, the Commissioner shall give reasonable notice to the operator of the nature of the noncompliance and may thereafter revoke or suspend the registration.
C. Upon receiving the application on forms prescribed by the Commissioner, and after having determined that the home has satisfied the requirements of the regulations for voluntarily registered family day homes, the Commissioner shall issue a certificate of registration to the family day home.
D. The Commissioner shall contract in accordance with the requirements of the Virginia Public Procurement Act (§ 2.2-4300 et seq.) with qualified local agencies and community organizations to review applications and certify family day homes as eligible for registration, pursuant to the regulations for voluntarily registered family day homes. If no qualified local agencies or community organizations are available, the Commissioner shall implement the provisions of this section. “Qualified” means demonstrated ability to provide sound financial management and administrative services including application processing, maintenance of records and reports, technical assistance, consultation, training, monitoring, and random inspections.
2. A requirement that the contract organization shall provide administrative services, including, but not limited to, processing applications for the voluntary registration of family day homes; certifying such homes as eligible for registration; providing technical assistance, training and consultation with family day homes; ensuring providers’ compliance with the regulations for voluntarily registered family day homes, including monitoring and random inspections; and maintaining permanent records regarding all family day homes which it may certify as eligible for registration.
F. The contract organization, upon determining that a family day home has satisfied the requirements of the regulations for voluntarily registered family day homes, shall certify the home as eligible for registration on forms prescribed by the Commissioner. The Commissioner, upon determining that certification has been properly issued, may register the family day home.
G. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any family day home located in a county, city, or town in which the governing body provides by ordinance for the regulation and licensing of persons who provide child-care services for compensation and for the regulation and licensing of child-care facilities pursuant to the provisions of § 15.2-914.
1991, c. 595, § 63.1-196.04; 1992, c. 746; 1993, cc. 730, 742; 2002, c. 747; 2009, c. 29; 2015, cc. 758, 770.