Background screenings are required if you wish to provide public child welfare foster care in your home. Any adults over the age of 18 residing in the home, must complete a background screening. This includes foster care, proctor care, professional parent care and adoption for children in custody of a child welfare system, as well as private foster care and refugee foster care.
One-time adoptions submitted by a non-licensed entity (adoption attorney, etc.) also require a background screening for one-time clearance. This screening requires a separate application, see below.
Last, background screenings are required if you are seeking legal guardianship consent for youth ages 12- to 17-years-old and not living in a foster/adoptive home and not receiving services. This includes SAS & DSPD Certified Providers. This screening requires a separate application, see below.
You can renew your license if you have had a prior current screening done with the Office of Licensing and no new criminal activity.
- Legibly complete and sign and date an application form (see above) for your appropriate area
- For renewals, be sure to check the “renewal” box in the upper left corner, or check “transfer” for transfer of your background screening
- Submit paperwork to your Background Screening Agent for identification, verification and submission to the Office of Licensing