2017 ORS 329A.030¹
Central Background Registry
  • rules

(1) The Office of Child Care shall establish a Central Background Registry and may maintain information in the registry through electronic records systems.

(2) A subject individual shall apply to and must be enrolled in the Central Background Registry as part of the individual’s application to operate a program or serve in a position described in subsection (10) of this section.

(3) Upon receiving an application for enrollment in the Central Background Registry, the office shall complete:

(a) A criminal records check under ORS 181A.195 (Criminal records check);

(b) A criminal records check of other registries or databases in accordance with rules adopted by the Early Learning Council;

(c) A child abuse and neglect records check in accordance with rules adopted by the council; and

(d) A foster care certification check and an adult protective services check in accordance with rules adopted by the council.

(4)(a) The office shall enroll the individual in the Central Background Registry if the individual:

(A) Is determined to have no criminal, child abuse and neglect, negative adult protective services or negative foster home certification history, or to have dealt with the issues and provided adequate evidence of suitability for the registry;

(B) Has paid the applicable fee established pursuant to ORS 329A.275 (Rules); and

(C) Has complied with the rules of the Early Learning Council adopted pursuant to this section.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (3) of this section and paragraph (a) of this subsection, the office may enroll an individual in the registry if the Department of Human Services has completed a background check on the individual and the individual has received approval from the department for purposes of providing child care.

(5) Notwithstanding subsections (3) and (4) of this section, the office may not enroll an individual in the Central Background Registry if the individual has a disqualifying condition as defined in rules adopted by the council.

(6)(a) The office may conditionally enroll an individual in the Central Background Registry pending the results of a nationwide criminal records check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation if the individual has met other requirements of the office for enrollment in the registry.

(b) The office may enroll an individual in the registry subject to limitations identified in rules adopted by the council.

(7) An enrollment in the Central Background Registry may be renewed upon application to the office, payment of the fee established pursuant to ORS 329A.275 (Rules) and compliance with rules adopted by the Early Learning Council pursuant to this section. However, an individual who is determined to be ineligible for enrollment in the registry after the date of initial enrollment shall be removed or suspended from the registry by the office.

(8)(a) A child care facility shall not hire or employ an individual if the individual is not enrolled in the Central Background Registry.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, a child care facility may employ on a probationary basis an individual who is conditionally enrolled in the Central Background Registry.

(9) The Early Learning Council may adopt any rules necessary to carry out the purposes of this section, including but not limited to rules regarding expiration and renewal periods and limitations related to the subject individual’s enrollment in the Central Background Registry.

(10) For purposes of this section, “subject individual” means a subject individual as defined by the Early Learning Council by rule or a person who applies to be:

(a) The operator or an employee of a child care or treatment program;

(b) The operator or an employee of an Oregon prekindergarten program under ORS 329.170 (Definitions for ORS 329.170 to 329.200) to 329.200 (Report on Oregon prekindergarten program by superintendent);

(c) The operator or an employee of a federal Head Start program regulated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services;

(d) An individual in a child care facility who may have unsupervised contact with children as identified by the office;

(e) A contractor or an employee of the contractor who provides early childhood special education or early intervention services pursuant to ORS 343.455 (Prekindergartens to provide early childhood special education) to 343.534 (Allocation of state funds to approved providers);

(f) A child care provider who is required to be enrolled in the Central Background Registry by any state agency;

(g) A contractor, employee or volunteer of a metropolitan service district organized under ORS chapter 268 who may have unsupervised contact with children and who is required to be enrolled in the Central Background Registry by the metropolitan service district;

(h) A provider of respite services, as defined in ORS 418.205 (Definitions for ORS 418.205 to 418.327, 418.470, 418.475, 418.950 to 418.970 and 418.992 to 418.998), for parents pursuant to a properly executed power of attorney under ORS 109.056 (Delegation of certain powers by parent or guardian) who is providing respite services as a volunteer with a private agency or organization that facilitates the provision of such respite services; or

(i) The operator or an employee of an early learning program as defined in rules adopted by the council.

(11)(a) Information provided to a metropolitan service district organized under ORS chapter 268 about the enrollment status of the persons described in subsection (10)(g) of this section shall be subject to a reciprocal agreement with the metropolitan service district. The agreement must provide for the recovery of administrative, including direct and indirect, costs incurred by the office from participation in the agreement. Any moneys collected under this paragraph shall be deposited in the Child Care Fund established under ORS 329A.010 (Office of Child Care).

(b) Information provided to a private agency or organization facilitating the provision of respite services, as defined in ORS 418.205 (Definitions for ORS 418.205 to 418.327, 418.470, 418.475, 418.950 to 418.970 and 418.992 to 418.998), for parents pursuant to a properly executed power of attorney under ORS 109.056 (Delegation of certain powers by parent or guardian) about the enrollment status of the persons described in subsection (10)(h) of this section shall be subject to an agreement with the private agency or organization. The agreement must provide for the recovery of administrative, including direct and indirect, costs incurred by the office from participation in the agreement. Any moneys collected under this paragraph shall be deposited in the Child Care Fund established under ORS 329A.010 (Office of Child Care).

(c) Information provided to a private agency or organization about the enrollment status of the persons described in subsection (10)(i) of this section shall be subject to an agreement with the private agency or organization. The agreement must provide for the recovery of administrative, including direct and indirect, costs incurred by the office from participation in the agreement. Any moneys collected under this paragraph shall be deposited in the Child Care Fund established under ORS 329A.010 (Office of Child Care). [Formerly 657A.030; 2017 c.616 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 329A—Child Care, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors329A.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.