New State Law Requires More Background Checks

Jan 2, 2013

A new state law requires more extensive background checks for people working with children.

In years past employees at day care centers could start working with children before a background check was complete. Anna Carter is with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Anna Carter: "What this law change did was, it changes it to be a pre-service requirement for when a new staff is hired. So before you work with children it would have to be completed."

This new law also calls for screenings of volunteers. The state can prevent someone from providing child care because of any conviction of child abuse.