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Request for Criminal Background Check, FBI Report and Child Protective Service (cps) Report for Private Adoption Purposes

Request for Criminal Background Check, FBI Report and Child Abuse/Neglect (CAN) Registry Checks for Non-Departmental Adoptions

Criminal history and child abuse/neglect (CAN) registry checks are required for all prospective adoptive parents and adult members of their households.

  • For private agency adoptions and other independent adoptions that require a home study, the licensed adoption agency completing the home study assists in processing the required background checks.
  • For independent adoptions that require these background checks in connection with a request to waive the home study, the petitioner(s) must obtain the required criminal background checks. When applicable, the petitioner is also responsible for obtaining CAN registry checks from other states, countries or territories. A review of the CAN registry in Oregon will be conducted by the Department. Only a biological or adoptive parent retaining parental rights is exempt from the criminal background checks.

Required Background Checks

  • Private Agency & Independent Adoptions Requiring a Home Study
    The licensed adoption agency conducting the home study obtains all necessary background checks.
  • Independent Adoptions Eligible for a Waiver of the Home Study

For a Petitioner Residing in Oregon:

Each adopting petitioner & all adult members of the petitioner’s household must provide documentation of the following:

  1. A criminal history check from the Oregon State Police (Form 249g)
  2. When petitioner has resided outside of Oregon for a period of more than 60 consecutive days in the last five years:
    1. A criminal history check from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and
    2. A child abuse/neglect (CAN) registry check from an authorized agency of each state, country or territory where petitioner has resided in the last five years.

For a Petitioner who is an Oregon Resident, but is temporarily residing (more than 60 consecutive days) outside of Oregon:

Each adopting petitioner & all adult members of the petitioner’s household must provide documentation of the following:

  1. A criminal history check from the FBI and an authorized agency of the state, country or territory where the adopting petitioner currently resides and has lived in the preceding five years; and
  2. A child abuse/neglect (CAN) registry check from an authorized agency of each state, country or territory where the adopting petitioner currently resides and has lived in the preceding five years.

For a Petitioner who is not an Oregon Resident:

Each adopting petitioner & all adult members of the petitioner’s household must provide documentation of the following:

  1. A criminal history check from the petitioner's current state of residence;
  2. A criminal history check from the FBI; and
  3. A child abuse/neglect (CAN) registry check from an authorized agency of each state, country or territory where the individual has lived in the preceding five years.

How to Obtain a FBI background check:

  1. Get fingerprinted at the Oregon State Police or by any authorized person or entity. Fingerprint cards are provided at the site.
  2. The fingerprint card must be submitted for processing to the FBI office in West Virginia. Follow the instructions at this link: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/criminal-history-summary-checks/submitting-a-criminal-history-summary-request-to-the-fbi
  3. The results of the FBI report should be returned to the individual requesting the report and the petitioner must forward all results to DHS.

How to Obtain a State CAN Registry Check:

Follow this link for more information:
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/downloads/policy-issues/State_Child_Abuse_Registries.pdf

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