Child Abuse Clearances
As part of the home study process, prospective adoptive parents and all adult members (those over 18) of the household are required to obtain child abuse registry clearances from the state in which they currently reside.
Applicants adopting internationally (and their adult household members) must also obtain clearances from all places of residence since age 18 (including foreign countries).
Applicants adopting domestically (and their adult household members) must obtain clearances from all places fo residence in the last 5 years (including foreign countries).
Background Clearances Checklist
The Background Clearances Checklist will guide you through the clearance process. Once completed, you must return the checklist to Wide Horizons For Children. Please note that some states require that you complete clearances on your own, while some require WHFC to submit the clearance on your behalf. In addition, some foreign countries have a central registry, while others do not. Please indicate on the checklist which procedure is required for each country and/or state listed.
Click on the name of each state in which you have lived for the designated period of time for instructions and a link to the applicable form. The process for filing clearance vary from state to state, so please be sure to read the instructions carefully. Keep in mind that clearances will need to be updated based on individual state requirements.
If you or your adult household member lived abroad in the specified timeframe, then a foreign clearance may be necessary. USCIS, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, has developed a list of countries and geographic entities confirmed to have no child abuse registry information available. This list contains the most recent information currently available to USCIS, and is subject to change. If a country in which you have lived is on the list, you will be exempt from obtaining a child abuse clearance from that country. If a country in which you have lived is not listed, please contact Christina Cetrone at WHFC to dicuss obtaining the necessary clearance. WHFC may or may not have instructions available, but will attempt to assist you in your research.