DFPS has improved the way it handles abuse/neglect and criminal background checks for Purchased Client Services providers, DFPS staff and volunteers, and external users (IT contractors, HHSC vendors). Visit the new ABCS page for the more information.
DFPS is required to do background checks to see if a person has a criminal history, or abuse and neglect history, that might be a risk to the health and safety of children, elderly, or people with disabilities. Background checks are required for:
- Daycare providers (CCL)
- Residential Child Care providers (RCCL)
- Purchased Client Services (PCS)
- Foster and adoptive homes
- Relatives who are taking care of children in state custody (Kinship Care)
- DFPS staff
- Authorized volunteer organizations and individual volunteers
DFPS also will conduct an abuse and neglect history background check for anyone in the general public who submits a notarized Request for Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry Check.
About FBI Fingerprinting and Background Checks
- The DFPS Background Checks Overview is a document that explains everything about background checks in greater detail, lists legislative changes related to background checks, and provides data for DFPS background checks done in the previous fiscal year.
- For information on obtaining criminal history or abuse and neglect background checks in other states, please see the Out-of-State Criminal History Request List and the Out-of-State Abuse and Neglect Request Resources.
Our goals are to:
- Provide timely background check results.
- Establish consistency across DFPS background check policies as it applies to background check decision making.
- Develop staff members who specialize in risk assessments and decision making on background checks.
- Provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders.