According to Texas CASA and National CASA standards, CASA programs must complete background checks on staff, volunteers and board members, AND run a re-check every 2 years. To simplify the process of obtaining the required check and to eliminate the need for rechecking, a system was launched for obtaining DFPS abuse/neglect history checks called the Automatic Background Check System, or ABCS. This process includes a “wrap-back” feature and is required by all CASA programs for obtaining DFPS abuse/neglect history checks on staff, volunteers and board members.
On December 18, 2016, DFPS launched improvements to the ABCS process. Below are resources and guides on how to access and use the enhanced system.
Similar to Case Connection, each local program should identify a staff member or two in the specialized role of ABCS Representative. All ABCS users will access the new system through the HHS Enterprise Portal. You will need to register on the portal and log in at https://hhsportal.hhs.state.tx.us/. Additional information is available on the log in page.
RESOURCES & GUIDES
DFPS has created and updated resources and training materials for the enhanced ABCS system. These resources are also available on the ABCS page of the DFPS website.