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Home Study Background Checks

Background checks are required in each adoption for all age appropriate members of your household. The Texas Family Code requires that a criminal history check and a central registry check be completed for each prospective adoptive parent and each person age 14 and older who resides in the home including part-time residents (i.e. step-children, college students, and elderly).

Texas also requires that child abuse clearances be made for each adult living in the house. These clearances must cover at least the last five years and must be completed in each state in which the adoptive parents have lived in those five years.

At the start of the home study process you will receive a Criminal History Check Form for each prospective parent, as well as any other household members. Once these forms have been completed you will need to schedule a fingerprinting appointment with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Your fingerprints will then be submitted to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the FBI to complete the background check.

All clearances must be current within the last year and remain up-to-date for the duration of the adoption process.