Before you can fully adopt a child, family courts in Canada will request a criminal background check, in particular to determine whether adoptive parents have record suspensions for sex offences.
Although the Criminal Records Act does not allow police agencies to conduct vulnerable sector checks for adoptions, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recommends that all adoption requests should be accompanied by a certified record check with fingerprints through its Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS).
Commissionaires is accredited by the RCMP to capture fingerprints and submit them directly to its Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services to conduct a certified criminal record check. If you do not have a criminal record, the RCMP will process your application in 72 hours or less.
Come to one of our six convenient locations and we’ll help you begin to fulfill the requirements of your adoption request.
All digital fingerprinting is supervised by knowledgeable security professionals who will answer questions and help guide the process in a confidential setting. It usually takes less than 10 minutes to process applicants.
We accept major credit cards, debit or cash at all of our locations. Applicants should bring two pieces of valid government-issued identification, one of which must be a photo ID. View acceptable types of ID
- Digital fingerprinting: FAQs
- Digital fingerprinting: FAQs, application process, pricing, etc. (printer-friendly PDF)
Thinking of Becoming a Foster Parent?
If you intend to become a foster parent, the screening process is different from adoption. You will need to undergo criminal record checks every few years, a vulnerable sector police check and various other types of background screening. While Commissionaires does process criminal record checks, only a Police Service is authorized to conduct a vulnerable sector check. Please contact your nearest Children’s Aid Society to learn more.