DECAL Issues New Information on Comprehensive Fingerprint Background Checks

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Please review the document from Assistant Commissioner Kristy Lewis. GCCA is working with DECAL as they flush out the new process.

Dear Georgia Child Care Provider,

Currently, DECAL issues a satisfactory or unsatisfactory determination letter based only on an individual’s national, fingerprint-based background check.

Regulations will soon require that all people who work in child care facilities receive a satisfactory determination based on a comprehensive background check that includes a check of the following:

  • National fingerprint-based criminal history;
  • Georgia child abuse and neglect registry;
  • National sex offender registry;
  • Out of state criminal history for individuals who have resided outside of Georgia in the past five years; and
  • Out of state child abuse and neglect registry for individuals who have resided outside of Georgia in the past five years.

Important dates as DECAL phases in this requirement: 

  • Effective immediately, DECAL will perform comprehensive background checks for all consenting records check applicants who have lived only in Georgia for the past five years.
  • Beginning July 1, 2017, DECAL will perform comprehensive background checks for all consenting records check applicants who have lived outside of Georgia within the past five years.
  • Beginning October 1, 2017, DECAL will require that all employees working in the child care industry with a current, valid fingerprint-based satisfactory background check grant consent for DECAL to run the comprehensive background check.
  • By October 1, 2018, everyone in the Georgia child care industry must have a satisfactory determination based on a comprehensive background check.

DECAL will notify you by e-mail when a new comprehensive determination letter is issued and when consent updates are required of your staff.

 

Sincerely,

Kristie Lewis

Assistant Commissioner for Child Care Services