InDHSS: Employee Newsletter


August 2010



When someone has child protection history he or she can never be a foster parent.

FALSE. All providers are required to have a child protection background check completed. If a child needs placement in foster care with an unlicensed relative caregiver, or if a family applies to be a licensed foster home, they must have a child protection background check completed prior to placement. If child protection history is found, the first step is to determine if the barring condition rises to a level of a safety risk to the child; placement should not occur if there is a safety risk. For families that wish to be licensed for foster care, an additional determination needs to be made if the child protection history is a barring condition to licensure or not. Not all child protection history is a barrier to licensure.

If there is a barring condition or crime, all foster care licensure applicants have the option to apply for a background variance, in order to continue the licensing process. That variance then goes through a regional variance committee, the OCS Director, and then finally must receive approval from the DHSS Commissioner’s Office variance committee as the final approver of the variance. The variance committee process is only available to those families that are licensed or are pursuing licensure.

If it is not a barrier, the history and case record will be reviewed by the worker and supervisor to determine the nature of the prior contact with OCS. The applicant will be asked to describe and possibly submit in writing what the circumstances and issues were that warranted CPS intervention in the past from their point of view. OCS will take into consideration how long ago it occurred, the severity of the maltreatment and how or if the issues that prompted the intervention by OCS have been sufficiently remedied and there is clear evidence that the concerns of the past are no longer present today.


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