Friday, January 27, 2012

Criminal Background Check For Foster and Adoptive Parents

Criminal Background Checks for Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents

Requirements for Foster Parents
Citation: Virginia Code § 63.2-1721

Foster parents and any adults residing in the home shall undergo background checks prior to approval. Background checks require:
  • A criminal history record check
  • A search of the central registry for any founded complaint of child abuse and neglect

Conviction of a ''barrier crime'' shall disqualify an applicant. ''Barrier crime'' includes:

  • Murder or manslaughter
  • Malicious wounding
  • Abduction for immoral purposes
  • Assaults and bodily wounding
  • Robbery, burglary, or carjacking
  • Threats of death or bodily injury
  • Felony stalking
  • Sexual assault
  • Arson
  • Drive-by shooting
  • Use of a machine gun or sawed-off shotgun in a crime of violence
  • Pandering, crimes against nature involving children, incest, or taking indecent liberties with children
  • Abuse and neglect of children or failure to secure medical attention for an injured child
  • Child pornography
  • Abuse and neglect of incapacitated adults
  • Delivery of drugs to prisoners
  • Any felony violation relating to possession or distribution of drugs

A foster home also may be disqualified for:

  • A conviction of any other felony not listed above unless 5 years have elapsed since conviction
  • A founded complaint of child abuse or neglect

A child-placing agency may approve as a foster parent an applicant who has been:

  • Convicted of not more than one misdemeanor not involving abuse, neglect, or moral turpitude of a minor, provided 10 years have elapsed following the conviction
  • Convicted of statutory burglary for breaking and entering a dwelling, home, or other structure with intent to commit larceny, who has had his or her civil rights restored by the Governor, provided 25 years have elapsed
  • Convicted of felony possession of drugs who has had his or her civil rights restored by the Governor, provided 10 years have elapsed

1 comment:

ggoodrich said...

Thank you for providing us the requirements! I’m an adoptive parent who had undergone a background check before I got the custody of a 5 year old boy. Guess, this criminal background check is very important. An agency who wouldn’t conduct such would be suspicious of child trafficking and abuse.
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