There are substantial roadblocks to adopting children or being a foster parent if you have a criminal record. The Papillon Foundation has collected a series of links to websites, reports and self-help resources for adults with criminal records who are looking into the adoption and foster care process.
General Guides & Instructions:
Criminal Background Checks for Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents
This factsheet prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discusses the requirements set by the States for conducting checks of State and Federal criminal records of prospective foster and adoptive parents, as well as any adults residing in the prospective parents’ households. These records checks are part of the home study process used to assess the suitability of these homes for placement of foster or adoptive children. The crimes that will disqualify a foster or adoptive applicant also are discussed. An overview of Federal requirements also is provided. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.
State Adoption: Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Checks
State-Specific Forms & Instructions: