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Foster Parent Background Checks

June 8, 2021 – The CBC Unit has learned that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has a delay of approximately 3-4 weeks in processing fingerprint requests.  To assist the SBI and the CBC Unit, we will inquire about your fingerprints if you contact us after thirty (30) days have passed since you obtained fingerprints. 

As always, we strongly recommend that you take your fingerprint release form with you to your fingerprinting appointment.  If you did not, please contact the law enforcement agency where you were fingerprinted.

If you have additional questions, please let us know at or by telephone at 919.814.6401. 


Information for obtaining background checks for foster parents

Prospective foster parents must have a background check completed by the Criminal Background Check Unit.

Here you can obtain information on how to foster.  You can also view laws such as NC General Statute 131D and the Adam Walsh Act. 

Materials needed for NC Foster/Adoption:


If you are submitting your prints on a FD-258 Fingerprint Card please use the SBI OCA Code for NC Adoption:  DSSFOSP01

You can obtain fingerprints from an approved agency.

Background Check Unit Staff for NC Foster Care:

333 Six Forks Road
2201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699




2201 Mail Service Center | Raleigh, NC 27699-2200
919-814-6300 | 1-800-859-0829 (In State Only)

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