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PDFWAC 388-454-0006

The department makes background checks on adults who are acting in place of a parent without court-ordered custody.

(1) We check your background when you ask for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) or state family assistance (SFA) benefits for a child who:
(a) Is not related to you; and
(b) Lives with you but you do not have a court order that gives you legal custody of the child.
(2) A child who is not related to you cannot receive TANF/SFA benefits while living with you until we have completed a background check and the results of the background check meet the criteria in subsection (3) through (5) of this section.
(3) A child who is not related to you cannot receive benefits while living with you if:
(a) You have been convicted of a crime listed in WAC 388-06A-0170; or
(b) You have been convicted of a crime listed in WAC 388-06A-0180 within the last five years.
(4) We review your background when you have been convicted of a crime listed in WAC 388-06A-0180 more than five years ago to determine your character, suitability, and competence to receive benefits for a child not related to you. We consider the following factors:
(a) The amount of time that has passed since you were convicted;
(b) The seriousness of the crime that led to the conviction;
(c) The number and types of convictions in your background; and
(d) Your age at the time of the conviction.
(5) When you have a conviction for a crime other than those listed in WAC 388-06A-0170 or 388-06A-0180 we review your background as described in subsection (4) of this section.
(6) Expunged or sealed conviction records do not count against you.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.770, and 74.08.090. WSR 16-24-037, § 388-454-0006, filed 11/30/16, effective 1/1/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 13.32A.080, 13.32A.082, 74.04.050, 74.08.090, 74.12.290, 74.12.450, 74.12.460. WSR 02-01-011, § 388-454-0006, filed 12/7/01, effective 1/7/02.]
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