Section 26-1-4Department of Public Safety to provide criminal conviction information on applicants for positions involving child care and treatment; such information to be confidential; applicant to be denied status if has felony conviction; children may be removed from home.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, upon request to the Department of Public Safety, by the Department of Human Resources, or by any other youth service agency approved by the department, such center shall provide information to the department or an approved agency concerning the felony criminal conviction record in this or another state of an applicant for a paid or voluntary position, including one established by contract, whose primary duty is the care or treatment of children, including applicants for adoption or foster parents. All information, including any criminal conviction record, procured by the department or an approved agency shall be confidential and shall not be further disclosed by such agencies or their representatives. The applicant may be denied an adoptive or foster parent status if he or she has a felony conviction, and if a foster parent is subsequently convicted of a felony the child or children may be removed from that home and relocated with another foster parent. This determination shall be made by the court handling the matter, giving primary consideration to the best interests of the child.
(b) The Department of Public Safety shall provide appropriate forms and shall create a procedure for the application for such information.
(c) Any violation of the provisions of this section relative to the confidentiality of information received by the department or other approved agency shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00.
(Acts 1985, No. 85-537, p. 651.)