Background Checks


Criminal Background Checks

All long-term care facilities and providers licensed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources are required to conduct employee background checks.

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APS/CPS Background Checks

What is a protective services (APS and CPS) background check?

It is a request to check child and adult protective services records held with the Bureau for Social Services to determine if an individual has a record of substantiated maltreatment of a child or adult.

Who needs a protective services background check?

          All potential adoptive parents, foster parents and their adult household members

          An employee, volunteer or household member of the following agencies:


               • Licensed child care centers

                 Title 78 Legislative Rule DHHR, Series 1 Child Care Centers Licensing §78-1-8.4d

                "A center shall ensure that each staff member and volunteer has a completed, signed, and dated Authorization and Release for Protective Services Record Check.  The release shall be on file no later than the date of hire."

               • Licensed child placing agencies

                 Title 78 Legislative Rule DHHR, Series 2 Child Placing Agencies Licensure §78-2-6.6c.10

                 "Each record for an employee shall include a completed Statement of Child Abuse or Neglect History form."

                • Licensed group residential facilities

                  Title 78 Legislative Rule DHHR, Series 3 Minimum Licensing Requirements for Residential Child Care and Treatment Facilities for Child and Transitioning Adults in West Virginia §78-3-10.2.j

                 "The organization shall submit a request for Protective Service (Adult and Child) background check on each applicant to the Department. Documentation of the results of the check  shall be maintained with the personnel file of the applicant."

                • West Virginia family daycare facility regulations

                  Title 78 Legislative Rule DHHR, Series 18 Family Child Care Facility License §78-18-16-1.b
                  "At the time of application and renewal for the certificate of registration, a facility owner/operator, staff, volunteers eighteen (18) years of age and over, and each household member shall sign a consent to check Department records for child and adult abuse and neglect."

                • West Virginia family daycare home registration requirements

                 Title 78 Legislative Rule DHHR, Series 19 Family Child Care Home Registration Requirements §78-19-6.4a.2

                 "At the time of application and renewal for a certificate of registration, a caregiver and each adult household member shall sign a statement of criminal record."

                • Other family services agencies required by state law, licensing regulations, or DHHR policy or contract language to complete protective services background checks on potential/current employees or volunteers.

                • Other states and agencies as required by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

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How do I request a protective services background check?

There are four (4) separate forms for use in obtaining a protective services background check.  These forms are for official agency use only.  Any other use would be considered fraudulent.

Incomplete forms will be returned to the agency that submitted them. The completed form should be signed, dated and returned to the employing agency/provider.

              Click here for the protective services background check forms.

Where does the agency/provider send the orginal copy of the completed form?

               APS/CPS Background Check Unit
               350 Capitol Street, Room B-18
               Charleston, WV 25301

Note: Completed forms will be processed by the Bureau and returned to the employing agency as soon as possible.

For questions call 1-304-352-4429.