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Applicants applying to be certified as tribally-approved foster parents or adoptive parents through one of the Indian tribes having OKDHS tribal/state agreements for foster care or adoptions are subject to the same national background checks and fingerprinting. Tribes have a federal mandate to do such background investigations pursuant to Public Law 101-630 and have a well-established procedure for doing so. The Bureau of Indian Affairs assists tribes in complying with these requirements. For additional information contact: the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) (Link opens in new window) or call (202) 208-3710.
Tribes using their own internal service must provide a copy of their official search results to the Child Welfare Services (CWS) Tribal Coordinator in State Office. Tribes unable to use the above process should follow the same process as child welfare foster care and adoptive applicants.