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Criminal record checks and a criminal history statement are required for potential employees, foster parents, adoptive parents and interns.

Foster and adoptive parent applicants must complete local, state and federal background checks.

No person who has been convicted of or pled guilty to an offense listed in 5101:2-48-10 of the Ohio Administrative Code shall be certified as a foster caregiver, or be an adult resident of the foster caregiver’s household unless WCCS finds and documents that person has met all of the following conditions:

• Where the offense was a misdemeanor or would have been a misdemeanor if conviction had occurred under the current criminal code, at least three years have elapsed from the date the person was fully discharged from any imprisonment or probation arising from the conviction. A person who has had his record or misdemeanor conviction sealed by a court pursuant to Section 2953.32 of the ORC shall be considered to have met this condition.

Where the offense was a felony, at least 10 years have elapsed since the person was fully discharged from imprisonment or probation.

The victim was not one of the following:

• a person under the age of 18,

• a functionally impaired person,

• a mentally retarded person,

• a developmentally disabled person,

• a person with a mental illness, or

• a person 60 years of age or older.

The person’s certification as a foster caregiver or the person’s residency in the foster caregiver’s household will not jeopardize in any way the health, safety or welfare of the children WCCS serves. The following factors shall be considered in determining the person’s certification as a foster caregiver:

• the person’s age at the time of the offense,

• the nature and seriousness of the offense,

• the circumstances under which the offense was committed,

• the degree of participation of the person in the offense,

• the time elapsed since the person was fully discharged from imprisonment or probation,

• the likelihood that the circumstance leading to the offense will recur,

• whether the person is a repeat offender,

• the person’s employment record,

• the person’s efforts at rehabilitation and the results of those efforts,

• whether any criminal proceedings are pending against the person,

• whether the person has been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony contained in the ORC not listed in this policy, if the felony bears a direct and substantial relationship to being a foster caregiver or adult member of the caregiver’s household, and

• any other factors WCCS considers relevant.

A foster caregiver shall not have been convicted or pled guilty to a violation of an existing or former law of this state, any other state or the United States that is substantially equivalent to any of the offenses listed in 5101:2-48-10 of the Ohio Administrative Code.