Registered family home child care providers and their household members over 17 years old are required to complete a series of background screenings that include:
These requirements are defined in Revised Statues of Missouri (RSMO) 210.025 and the Code of State Regulations (CSR) 40-32.020.
The Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) was established on January 01, 2001. The registry contains names of caregivers or potential caregivers who have submitted their registration information and have had the appropriate background screenings completed.
Missouri law, RSMO 210.906, requires child care providers and all household members age 17 years and older to register with the FCSR. Providers who do not register are considered guilty of a Class B misdemeanor offense. All DSS subsidized providers are required, by statute, to register with the FCSR. DSS uses the FCSR to perform the background screenings. The results are evaluated by the Early Childhood and Prevention Services Section of the Children's Division (ECPSS) and sent to the appropriate Child Care Provider Relations Unit (CCPRU).
The registration application used by FCSR is modified to meet the needs of DSS registered family home providers. The form (CD-125), entitled “Department of Social Services, Child Care Provider Registration Background Screening Request” (FCSR/DSS form), will be used to register the applicant and/or household member in the FCSR. This form may be downloaded from the Children’s Division E Forms intranet site at http://www.dss.mo.gov/cd/info/forms/index.htm. When using FCSR forms downloaded from the Intranet, be sure to include the county name and address on the form.
The FCSR maintains an internet web site that may be searched to determine if an individual is registered with the FCSR. Before requiring a provider or household member to complete the FCSR/DSS form, staff is instructed to check the FCSR website by following these steps:
If the individual's SSN is not found, the individual must complete an FCSR/DSS form and mail it to:
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
ATTN-Fees Receipts Unit
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
One form must be completed for each individual to be registered and screened. There is a processing fee for each submitted form and the fee must accompany the submitted forms to the above address. DSS staff is not required, nor expected to accept fees on behalf of individuals registering with the FCSR. If a provider/household member submits the form and fee to their local FSD/CD office, staff should instruct the provider/household member to forward the information to the DHSS address above. The return address is printed on the FCSR/DSS registration form.
FAMIS generates renewal applications to providers 60 days prior to the end of the current registration period. FOL and OPU providers receive the Provider Registration Renewal Background Screening Request” (FA 159) as a part of this renewal packet. FOL & OPU providers must complete the FA 159 listing the name, date of birth and SSN for themselves and all household members age seventeen and older and submit to CCPRU or the local FSD office. Staff must determine if the individuals listed on the form are registered with the FCSR by checking the FCSR web site as outlined in section 1215.025.20.05.05. If all individuals listed on the form are registered with the FCSR, request a current background check at http://www.dhss.mo.gov/FCSR/ .
The FCSR will send all background screening results to the Early Childhood and Prevention Services Section (ECPSS). ECPSS will evaluate the screening results and send eligibility decisions to CCPRU or the local county office.
When a request for information is made to the FCSR, a copy of the results is also sent to the individual being screened. The individual's copy of the results identifies the local Child Care Provider Relations Unit Staff office as the inquiring party and gives the particular results of the screening. The letter will not give the individual any details of the particular result. Example: Jane Doe is found to have a criminal history with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, but the exact conviction is not listed.