WAC 388-454-0006

Effective January 7, 2002

WAC 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 TANF or SFA benefits for a child who:

    1. Is not related to you; and

    2. 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).

  3. A child who is not related to you cannot receive benefits while living with you if:

    1. You have been convicted of a crime listed in WAC 388-06-0170; or

    2. You have been convicted of a crime listed in WAC 388-06-0180 within the last five years.

  4. We review your background when you have been convicted of a crime listed in WAC 388-06-0180 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:

    1. The amount of time that has passed since you were convicted;

    2. The seriousness of the crime that led to the conviction;

    3. The number and types of convictions in your background; and

    4. Your age at the time of the conviction.

  5. When you have a conviction for a crime other than those listed in WAC 388-06-0170 or WAC 388-06-0180 we review your background as described in subsection (4) above.

  6. Expunged or sealed conviction records do not count against you.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.