Resource Family Approval - LIS & AARS Check Unit (LLCU)

 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 Please ensure that the form is completed correctly and includes all required information.

The Resource Family Approval Background Check Assessment - LIS & AARS Request Form may be obtained by accessing the following links below:

For Counties: PDF or Excel

For FFAs:  PDF or Excel

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


Facility Types
Information Releases
Background Check Assessment

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

How to Read an LIS Output


To better understand the content detail of an LIS Output, please click on the links below:
LIS Output Quick Reference Guide (for Counties)
LIS Output Quick Reference Guide (for Foster Family Agencies)

Video: How to Read an LIS Output