Fully compliant fingerprint-based background studies will resume for adoption on July 27, 2020. All paperwork received on or after that date for an adoption background study will be processed as a fully compliant study. Adoption background study paperwork received prior to July 27, 2020, will be processed as an emergency study.
The entity that submitted the background study received a notification indicating if the study was an emergency study or a fully compliant background study. If the notification indicates the study was not fully compliant, a new study needs to be submitted.
No. If a fingerprint card was previously submitted to DHS for an emergency study, DHS retained the fingerprint card and can use it for processing a fully compliant background study now. When the agency submits the required paperwork for a new study, they must indicate in the paperwork that a fingerprint card was previously sent to DHS.
A study subject must be given fingerprint cards by the county or agency that is submitting the study. The fingerprint cards can be taken to a law enforcement agency that is willing to complete fingerprinting for this purpose. Study subjects may want to contact law enforcement agencies prior to arrival to determine whether or not the location will provide this service and the cost.
Study subjects are not able to go to DHS livescan locations to be fingerprinted on a fingerprint card.
Adoption studies are completed as quickly as possible in the order they are received. The majority of adoption background studies are completed within seven to ten business days; however, factors within specific studies can cause delays because additional research is needed.