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Criminal Background Checks for Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents
Series: State Statutes|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2011|
Current Through August 2011
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Discusses the requirements set by States for conducting checks of State and Federal criminal records of prospective foster and adoptive parents, as well as any adults residing in the prospective parents? households. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
State Requirements for Prospective Foster Parents
State Requirements for Prospective Adoptive Parents
Summary of State Laws
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2011).Criminal background checks for prospective foster and adoptive parents. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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