Background checks are a key component of a well-rounded caregiver profile. Our background check process is designed to facilitate this exchange of information in the safest manner possible. Our background checks are always initiated by Caregivers and performed by Lexis Nexis. This article informs you about exactly how background checks work and what they cover.

How Do Background Checks Get Added to a Caregiver's Profile?

It is each caregiver's responsibility to add a background check to his or her profile. Having taken the initiative to do so, the outcome will be noted on the caregiver's profile. If the caregiver has not run a background check, his or her profile will simply state that. We recommend that caregivers do add background check because it speaks to their integrity and trustworthiness. The lack of a background check can be a deal-breaker for many CareSeekers.

When a caregiver places an order for a background check, he or she submits a few pieces of information that are necessary to verify his or her unique identity. This information is securely processed by Lexis Nexis. Lexis Nexis will first verify that personal identifying information (name, date of birth, and social security number) thus establish a person's unique identity. It then checks this person's background in the National Criminal Database which includes state and county records, sex offender registries, Department of Corrections records, and court records.

The results are securely returned to TheCaringSpace. Caregiver profiles are immediately updated with their overall results:
 

  • If your identity is verified and no criminal records are returned, your profile will be updated with a "Successful Screening" badge and the following message:
    {name} ran a background check on {mm/dd/yy}.
  • If your identity is verified and 1 or more criminal records are returned, your profile will be immediately updated with the following message:
    {name} ran a background check on {mm/dd/yy} and one or more records were found. We cannot disclose the type(s) of records found. However, {name} can choose to share that information with you as needed.
  • If your identity was not verified, your profile will be immediately be updated with the following message:
  • {name} ran a background check on {mm/dd/yy}. {name's} identity could not be verified based on the information submitted.
  • If your identity was not verified and 1 or more criminal records are returned, your profile will be immediately updated with the following message:
    {name} ran a background check on {mm/dd/yy}. {name's} identity could not be verified based on the information submitted and one or more records were found matching {name}'s name and date of birth. We cannot disclose the type(s) of records found. However, {name} can choose to share that information with you as needed.


What exactly do background checks cover?

Background checks first verify personal identifying information (name, date of birth, and social security number) to establish a person's unique identity. Lexis Nexis then performs a National Criminal Search on the person identified. The National Criminal Search is a comprehensive cross-reference compilation of multiple criminal record sources from the nation's leading provider of online information. Sources for the National Criminal Search include:

  • State and county criminal record repositories
  • Sex offender registries from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia
  • Prison, parole and release files from state Department of Corrections, Administrative
  • Office of Courts, and other state agencies
  • Superior Court Index of Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Traffic Court Records
  • Proprietary LexisNexis criminal record information


How are results shared with CareSeekers?


The exact contents of background checks are never shared with visitors or members of TheCaringSpace.com. On the contrary, what we offer is a way for caregivers to securely submit information and establish a responsible history without the need to disclose personal information to the community at large. We take your privacy very seriously and we do not post the contents of your background check results anywhere. All sensitive information remains stored with LexisNexis and we simply access it to approve or review records as requested by you. We follow up-to-date, industry best-practices regarding the privacy and security of your information.

What a registered CareSeekers will see is an update as to the overall results of your background check. The successful screening badge and messages listed above are the only form of results that posted for CareSeekers.