Because the Sheriff's offices cannot provide the criminal background checks as required in the adoption statues [Children's Code Articles 1131 (E)(1) and 1243.2], different means have to be employed to meet compliance. The method the 15th JDC will use is modeled after others currently being used in other parts of the state and has proven to be effective. Attorneys filing petitions for adoption will be provided with a packet of forms containing instructions for proper completion. The filing attorney will be responsible for having each prospective parent fill out an LSP authorization form, a rap disclosure form, and a fingerprint card (which is done at the Sheriff's office). All of these documents, along with a certified copy of the "Order for Records Check", must be sent by the attorney to the State Police. Background check results from the State Police and DSS will be returned directly to the Clerk of Court. Upon receipt, the Clerk will set the matter for hearing.
NOTE: Forms may be obtained at the Clerk of Court's offices or may be downloaded at www.15thjdc.org. If preprinted fingerprint cards are not available, please have the Sheriff use a blank fingerprint card, and insert this information in the proper blocks: ORI# LA028025J and 15th Judicial District Court (or 15th JDC).
Any questions concerning this new procedure can be directed to Tina LeMaire at [email protected]