About NARA


The mission of NARA is to promote the safeguarding of children, youth and adults through the effective formulation, application and enforcement of licensing statutes and rules; to develop educational materials and professional development resources on regulatory administration appropriate for the general public, licensing practitioners, and educational institutions; and to provide technical assistance to policy makers on the operation and management of the regulatory process.

NARA Code of Ethics                                                  NARA Bylaws

NARA is an international non-profit professional association founded in 1976 who represents all human care licensing, including adult residential and assisted living, adult day care, child care, child welfare and program licensing for services related to mental illness, developmental disabilities and abuse of drugs or alcohol. Among our partners are providers, consumers and their families, regulators, advocates, concerned citizens, business and religious communities, policy-makers, universities, researchers, and allied professionals from the academic, technical and treatment disciplines.

Good human care is essential for the nation's economic and social well-being. Families need child care and adult care for dependent family members who cannot stay at home alone. The number of children and vulnerable adults in out-of-home care is at an all-time high, and still growing. NARA provides guidance for their protection in an era of downsizing, regulatory reform, privatization and other challenges found in the human care and service industry.  

We are human service regulatory professionals, human service providers, university faculty, independent researchers and consultants, allied professionals from health, safety and legal disciplines, consumers and all others who share Our Vision: 

Consumer Protection Through Prevention

 NARA's Privacy Policy                                               NARA's 2016 990