Background Check Requirement FAQ - Foster & Adoptive Homes
Last updated: May 3, 2016
Find the Fingerprint Application Services of Texas (FAST Pass), 2963 on the CCL Forms page. Note: Form 2965 should be used for 24-Hour Residential Child Care Staff.
For homes verified or approved on or after September 1, 2013, you must have completed fingerprint-based checks on the following persons prior to verification or approval of the home:
- Prospective foster or adoptive parents
- Persons 14 years or older who reside in a prospective foster or adoptive home
For foster or adoptive homes verified prior to September 1, 2013, you must submit FBI checks for all persons who do not already have a valid fingerprint check record on file, in accordance with the timeframes listed below:
Persons Requiring an FBI Fingerprint Check
When an FBI Fingerprint Check Is Due
Person who will be turning 14 years of age and resides in a foster home or adoptive home
At the time of the person’s 14th birthday
Any of the following persons who are affiliated with an active agency foster home or adoptive home, as applicable:
By June 1, 2014
Any of the following persons who are affiliated with an inactive foster home:
Before the home’s status may change from inactive to active
Yes, persons aged 14-17 living in a foster/adoptive home are required to have an FBI fingerprint check.
Yes, household members aged 14 years old and older in a foster or adoptive home require an FBI fingerprint check.
When submitting background checks to DFPS, operations should select the "FBI Check Required" checkbox every time a background check is submitted for an individual who is required by statute to have a fingerprint check. The fingerprinting fee (see FAQ #9) is not associated with selecting the "FBI Check Required" checkbox; the fingerprinting fee applies to each time an individual requires a new set of fingerprints. (For more information regarding who is required to have a fingerprint check, refer to Texas Administrative Code §745.615.)However, individuals who have previously submitted their fingerprints for an FBI check and have completed a name-based background check (DPS criminal history and Central Registry) at least every 24 months thereafter generally do not need to be fingerprinted again. If there has been a break in verification or approval to a foster or adoptive home, new fingerprint check results will be required for the foster/adoptive parents.
As long as the check is complete before you verify the home, you can require them at any time during the verification process.
This answer to the following question was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF):
If a state that maintains a child abuse and neglect registry does not comply with requests for information from another State, the requesting state should bring this to the attention of the ACF regional office.For Child-Placing Agencies in Texas:
A licensed child-placing agency having problems obtaining central registry checks from another state should notify its Licensing representative, so that state office can bring it to the attention of the ACF regional office for Texas.
When an individual submits his or her fingerprints for a background check, it will cost $41.45 for foster or adoptive household members or visitors. Foster or adoptive parents or prospective foster or adoptive parents will pay a reduced fee of $39.95. The fee is paid to the fingerprinting vendor at the time of scheduling the appointment or when the applicant is fingerprinted.
The fingerprint fee is not a fee to DFPS, but a collection of several fees to other entities:
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) charges $16.50 ($15.00 for foster or adoptive parents or prospective foster or adoptive parents) to conduct a fingerprint-based check.
- The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) charges $15.00 to conduct a fingerprint-based check (the FBI will not conduct a fingerprint-based check until the requesting state conducts one).
- The DPS fingerprint check vendor, charges a $9.95 processing fee. (This is a fee set in the contract between the vendor and DPS.)
MorphoTrust is the sole company the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) contracts with to accept electronic fingerprints for the purpose of criminal history checks. DFPS decided to require the electronic submission of fingerprints in order to automate and expedite the processing of fingerprint checks.
The list of the current locations is available on the fingerprinting vendor's website at www.identogo.com
DFPS requires the electronic submission of fingerprints in order to automate and expedite the processing of fingerprint checks and to take advantage of The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) fingerprint retention program.
Electronic fingerprinting allows DFPS to:
(a) Receive electronic results which can be automatically processed very quickly; and
(b) Receive notification from DPS if a person has additional criminal activity in the future, based on retained electronic fingerprints.
Ink prints on a card must pass through many hands and suffer a high rejection rate from the FBI, which can result in weeks or months waiting for results. Occasionally, local law enforcement and some private companies can take fingerprints; however, DFPS accepts these fingerprint cards only under very rare circumstances, such as an out-of-state person who cannot access a DPS fingerprinting vendor in Texas.
No, the fingerprinting vendor is under exclusive contract with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to take electronic fingerprints for the purpose of criminal history checks.
Yes, the FAST Enrollment Officer will complete section four of the FAST pass at the time of the appointment, and return the form to the applicant. The applicant should retain the FAST form until their fingerprint results have been processed by DFPS and the results have been received by the child-placing agency.
Contact CBCU if you need background check-related assistance.
- First, attempt to contact the CBCU inspector assigned to the operation at his or her direct number.
- If you do not have this information, or if you cannot make contact in a timely manner...
- Contact the CBCU Support Line: (800) 645-7549
- Or email the CBCU FBI Mailbox: RCCLFBIRESULTS@dfps.state.tx.us