Child-Care Rules Law and Legal Definition

Child care rules are state administrative rules for the care of foster children. In most of the U.S. states departments concerned with social services establish and enforce the rules governing the welfare of foster children. However, in a few states there are agencies expressly dedicated to services for children.

For example in Michigan, counties are required to maintain a foster care system that provides for the care and boarding of juveniles that have fallen under the jurisdiction of a county's probate or family court. Mich. Comp. Laws § 400.55(h). To implement this mandate, Mich. Comp. Laws § 400.117c requires each county to place certain money it receives into a separate child care fund, and Mich. Comp. Laws § 400.117a(2) places the fund under the Michigan Family Independence Agency's superintending control. The Agency is also charged with regulating the counties' child care funds through accounting, reporting, and authorization controls and procedures and child care fund expenditure classifications.