Background Checks for Prospective Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Caregivers - Virgin Islands

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Who Needs Records Checks

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 34, § 388; Code of Rules Tit. 34, §§ 381-501; 382-501; 383-501; 384-501

Background checks for foster or adoptive parents are not addressed in statute or regulation.

The Department of Human Services will conduct an investigation of a person desiring to operate a child daycare facility.

In regulation: Background checks are required for owners, operators, employees, and volunteer staff members of infant and child care facilities, family day care homes, group day care homes, and children's camps.

Types of Records That Must Be Checked

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 34, § 388; Code of Rules Tit. 34, § 381-501

Background checks for foster or adoptive parents are not addressed in statute or regulation.

The investigation shall include the applicant's employment history and a check of the nationwide criminal recordkeeping systems in the United States.

In regulation: Owners, operators, employees, and volunteer staff members of infant and child care facilities are subject to a national criminal investigation check by the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Process for Obtaining Records Checks

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 34, § 388

Background checks for foster or adoptive parents are not addressed in statute or regulation.

The department shall supply the applicant with the appropriate application forms and a copy of the appropriate minimum standards.

Grounds for Disqualification

Citation: Code of Rules Tit. 34, §§ 381-501; 382-501; 383-501; 384-501

Owners, operators, employees, and volunteer staff members of infant and child care facilities, family day care homes, group day care homes, and children's camps shall be of good moral character. No person convicted of a crime involving child abuse, child neglect, moral turpitude, or a felony shall be the owner, operator, employee, or volunteer staff member of an infant and child care facility, family day care home, group day care home, or children's camp.