Bring Adam Walsh Forms to Orientation
Ask prospective foster families if they have lived out-of-state early in the application process. Provide Adam Walsh/out-of-state abuse/neglect check forms for the state(s) in which the family has lived during early meetings or information sessions with the family, to launch the out-of-state clearance process as soon as possible.
Who Can Do This?:
The Problem It Solves
Out-of-state abuse & neglect registry checks checks vary substantially in how long they take. Some out-of-state clearances entail burdensome requirements, like notarized signatures or fees. Starting the out-of-state check process early helps to reduce delays and get foster families approved sooner.
How To Do This
- Ask prospective foster families if they have lived out-of-state during or before your initial meeting with them.
- Search for the correct Adam Walsh/out-of-state background check forms, either in your state or county Adam Walsh database or on state websites.
- Print the forms and bring them to early information sessions or meetings with the prospective foster parents and make sure they understand how to fill out the form.
- If notarization is required, try to secure a volunteer notary for the orientation to sign off on multiple forms at once.
We are still collecting concrete data, but we believe that this will:
- Reduce the length of the background check process for families that have lived out of state.
Who’s Doing This?
Frederick County, MD