Resource Family Approval - LIS & LAARS Check Unit
As part of the Resource Family Approval (RFA) Program, per Section 88331.3 of the Foster Family Agencies (FFAs) Interim Licensing Standards, the background check assessments include obtaining checks for prior licensing-related disciplinary actions and history through the Licensing Information System (LIS) and Administrative Action Research System (AARS) which are maintained by the Department.
The requesting agency must complete the Resource Family Approval LIS and AARS Check Request form for each applicant and all adults residing or regularly present in the home of an applicant or Resource Family. The form, password encrypted if containing social security numbers, must include the name (required), date of birth (required), social security number (when available), FFA name, and FFA contact information for all applicants. To ensure highest efficiency, it is recommended that FFAs include multiple checks on a single form. Once completed, please attach and email the form to LLCU at CCLLISLAARSChecks@dss.ca.gov. Please ensure that the form is completed correctly and includes all required information.
The form may be obtained by accessing the following links below:
Resource Family Approval Background Check Assessment - LIS & AARS Request Form for FFAs (PDF or
The Department is requesting that each FFA shall identify and provide LLCU the name of the contact designated to submit LIS/AARS check requests on behalf of the agency. Within 15 days of receiving the request, LLCU will provide the results of the LIS/AARS checks to the identified designee of the FFA.
If you have questions, please contact LLCU, Statewide Children's Residential Program Office at
(916) 651-7140 or by email at CCLLISLAARSChecks@dss.ca.gov.
Resource Family Approval Background Check Assessment - LIS Check Request Form for Counties (PDF or Excel)
Provider Information Notices:
- PIN-16-03-CRP for Resource Family Approval (RFA) Foster Family Agencies (FFAs) Background Check Assessment
- PIN 17-02-CRP for County Resource Family Approval (RFA) LIS Check Instructions