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.