Background Screens

There are different types of background checks.  It is important to ensure the appropriate background screen is requested for the specific case need, based on Florida Statute, and therefore can not be used interchangeably.

Important Note:  Anytime you do a background check for placement, you are to complete the FSFN Unified Home Study, and enter the results of the background check into the FSFN Provider Record. 

1. Local law & abuse checks **NO FINGER PRINTS REQUIRED**

This type of screening is suitable for the following needs:

  • Unsupervised Contact – includes non judicial home
  • Babysitting
  • Case Closure
  • Re-license yearly check for licensed foster home 

2. State (FCIC), local law & abuse checks **NO FINGERPRINTS REQUIRED**

This type of screening is suitable for the following needs:

  • Reunification
  • Planned/Emergency  Placement youth ages 12-17
  • Adoption (initial & 90 day) /Licensed foster home (initial & 5 year) FDLE youth ages 12-17

3. National (NCIC), State (FCIC), local law & abuse checks

**FINGER PRINTS ARE REQUIRED**

This type of screening is suitable for the following needs:

  • Planned/Emergency Placement or household members of a placement – includes *New* household member to non-judicial home.
    • Non-Custodial Parent
    • Relative
    • Non-Relative
  • **Family-Made Arrangement (No removal / shelter) *Safety Plan*
  • **Safety Provider*Safety Plan*
  • **Initial Adoption – second sets are taken for 90 day re-screen (if warranted).
  • Frequent visitor to placement home (visitor who is in home consistently on a regular basis)
  • **New Licensed Foster home/ 5 year re-screen
  • **Licensed Foster home babysitter-Licensing determines and advises subject to be finger printed.
  • Household member of reunifying household (relative/non-relative **not parent**)
  • Other child safety concern

** Even though placements, adoption, foster care licensing, Family-Made arrangement and Safety Provider background screens all require finger prints- they cannot be used interchangeably due to Florida statue specification guidelines

PLEASE NOTE: All 3 types include out of state criminal checks if the resources are available to BSU for identified state that subject has resided in.

PLEASE PLAN AHEAD!   All requests are given a 2 week turnaround time. Any screens that are needed before the 2 week date must be approved as urgent or emergency by a supervisor, and communicated to BSUHELP through one of the following: phone, email, or face to face.