Background Screening


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The Department of Children and Families is one of seven state agencies that will join the new statewide screening database, "The Clearinghouse." The purpose of the Clearinghouse is to provide a single data source for background screening results for persons screened for employment or licensure that provide services to children, the elderly and disabled individuals. The Clearinghouse will allow the results of criminal history checks to be shared among specific agencies when a person has applied to volunteer, be employed, be licensed (including foster parents), or enter into a contract that requires a state and national fingerprint-based criminal history check. The Clearinghouse will provide numerous benefits to providers, including reduced costs and more up to date information. The Clearinghouse will allow the results of criminal history checks to be shared among specified state agencies, thereby reducing duplicative screenings for individuals requiring screening across multiple state agencies.

The Department is set to begin utilizing the Clearinghouse the beginning of March. The first program to begin screening in the Clearinghouse will be summer camps. The remaining programs will be phased in over the course of the next few months. The dates for other Department programs to begin Clearinghouse screenings will be updated here.

The Clearinghouse requires retained prints and a photograph; the new cost of $46.75 includes the $24 FDLE retention fee and the initial cost of the screening.

  • The Clearinghouse DCF General ORI is now EDCFGN10Z
  • The Clearinghouse Summer Camp ORI is now EDCFSC30Z
  • The Clearinghouse Mental Health ORI is now EDCFMH20Z

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Visit our training page to find out more information on using the Clearinghouse.

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View Clearinghouse Frequently Asked Questions.