Foster Screenings

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.

Process & Instructions

License Renewal

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