To have a child in the foster care system placed in your care, every adult living in your home must participate in the Live Scan fingerprinting process. This holds true if you are applying to be a foster parent, if you hope to adopt, or if you are a relative trying to have a family member come live with you.
Live Scan fingerprinting refers to both the technique and the technology used to capture fingerprints electronically, rather than the more traditional method of ink and paper. The applicant’s fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the Department of Justice for completion of a criminal record check. Results are typically sent back to the Licensing Unit within 24 to 72 hours.
Adults who do not live with you but will have regular, ongoing contact with children in your home also will be required to participate in the Live Scan fingerprinting process. In addition, if you use county respite services, your respite provider must also be Live Scan fingerprinted.