Stick with me, this might be confusing to you if you have never adopted.
The state of Nebraska requires finger prints to be taken and background checks to be run in order for a family to be approved to adopt a child.
Fingerprints are put on a card by law enforcement and sent to the State Patrol in Lincoln.
The State Patrol uses the fingerprints and does a state and FBI criminal check.
There are 3 places you can get your fingerprints put on a paper card (Douglas County Sheriff’s office, State Patrol Office, Omaha Police Department).
But they don’t do fingerprinting for adoption anymore so we went to the Omaha Police Department and paid $40.
We sent the cards with our fingerprints and $64 to the Lincoln State Patrol office and waited several weeks.
We just received them back today!
No, not our background checks, our fingerprints and check. It turns out the State Patrol has decided to only do background checks for government agencies now.
The state requires background checks, is the only place we can get them, and doesn’t do them anymore. This means that there is no way for anyone to complete or update their home-study in Nebraska right now.
We’ll be calling some elected officials tomorrow….