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Background studies

Background studies are required for people who provide care in certain health and human service programs and for people who work in child care settings. DHS also completes background studies on others, such as people who are guardians or are planning to adopt a child. State law defines who is required to have a DHS background study and the related processes.

What's new

News and updates about background studies and legislative changes.

Changes due to COVID-19

DHS is temporarily modifying certain background study requirements

General information

Learn more about background studies


Get information on the background study process, submitting study requests on NETStudy and training opportunities.

Study subjects

Find out when a background study is required and what the background study process includes.


Answers to frequently asked questions.

Contact us

Contact information for background studies.

A to Z

Links to background studies by topic.


Links to helpful forms, other websites and other material.

NETStudy 2.0/background study changes

Changes to background study process and implementation of NETStudy 2.0

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