Steps in Background Check

At the time of application, you will need to get finger-printed.

This will include a background check into

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Department of Justice
  • Child Abuse Central Index

Even if you have previously been fingerprinted, you will need to complete the LiveScan process and ensure that all three (3) of these databases are checked.

After Agency Approval, the County will examine the 

  • Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS) 
  • California Law Enforcement Tracking System (CLETS)

 They will check to see if there are any convictions, arrests, or previous encounters with Child Welfare.

If the database shows previous convictions any criminal conviction for any adult in the home, a child cannot be placed on an emergency unless the conviction is eligible for an exemption.  Arrest do not require an exemption but they might be cause for delay in County Clearance, until more information is gathered. 

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