Quarterly Notes

…from Sharon Vaughn Consulting

Volume 1, Issue 1

July 2011

Notes About Clearances DOJ Changes Simplify Process
Recently DOJ made changes that have allowed adoption agencies to receive FBI clearance data directly. These changes eliminated the need to roll fingerprints twice, in order to receive FBI clearance information and resulted in significant cost savings to Applicant families. In addition beginning April 26, 2011 California adoption agencies began receiving all three clearances (DOJ, CACI and FBI) online. If your agency is not receiving all criminal clearance information through the DOJ secure website please contact CDSS: Cindy Borg-Minasian (916) 6518135 or Laurie Mosher (916) 651-8105.

Reminder
Quarterly Statistical Reports Due Statistical reports are now due for Quarter 2 of 2011. All reports need to be submitted to CDSS by July 30, 2011, for the period ending June 30th. Reports can either be faxed or mailed to the address provided on the form. http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/entres/forms/English/ AD56A.pdf

Another DOJ Change
Have you noticed the changes in the appearance of clearances? They now read “Private Adoption” where they previously read “Petition for Adoption.”

Out of State Child Abuse Clearances
FYI…A California licensed adoption agency is able to request out of state child abuse clearances directly from the subject state. Instructions are available through the following link: http://www.ccld.ca.gov/res/word/AWStateContacts.doc

Helpful Hint: Maintain backup copies of clearance information since budget cuts make it almost impossible to obtain duplicates of any clearances that are lost or misplaced.

Sharon Vaughn Consulting
adoptionsconsulting@gmail.com  Providing adoptions expertise to dually licensed foster/adoption agencies  Helping to optimize and shorten the timeframe for providing dual-prep certification  Offers a proven system to identify funding sources for adoption  Brings an in-depth knowledge of adoptions and child protective service polices/procedures P.O. Box 1113 Lomita, CA 90717 (310) 742-3553 office (562) 206-5507 cell

Subsequent Arrest Notification – Important
Please ensure that your agency has an agreement with DOJ for “subsequent notification service.” This agreement allows DOJ to notify your agency whenever an applicant has reports of additional criminal information (a subsequent crime) after the initial DOJ clearance is received..

adoptionsconsulting@gmail.com

(310) 742-3553

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