SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Foster care licensing rules

Monday, October 29, 2012 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 6:58 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 29, 2012

COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what's going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to

The records: Foster care family home licensing rules

Why you would want them: If you are interested in being a foster parent or are wondering about the safety of a child in his or her current foster home designated by the state, you can see the requirements here. 

Where you get the records: The Missouri Department of Social Services Child Welfare Manual has all the information. Go to to access the Children's Division Home page. From there, click "Child Welfare Manual" and go to section 6, chapter 3. 

How much it will cost: The information is free.

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