Ask The Expert: I have a felony on my record but it was not against a child or elderly person. It was a long time ago--will this affect my chances of getting a job as a caregiver?

posted by: Kathryn Zakskorn Marketing & PR Manager, Home Care Assistance, Inc., Palo Alto, CA

Yes, this may affect your chances of becoming a caregiver, but it varies from agency to agency and will also depend upon if the felony was more than 7 years ago as federal law allows information to be viewed for only this time period. Each agency has different policies for hiring, but most reputable agencies will do a background check on all caregiver applicants and many of those agencies will not consider any applicants with a felony - it doesn't matter if it was, or was not, against a child or elderly person. At Home Care Assistance we have a rigorous screening process for all applicants to be considered for employment.  In addition, you can check the state background check laws which will over-ride the federal background check law requirements (called the FCRA), as sometimes states allow companies to go back further than 7 years and you can find this information on

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Posted by:Lysette Escobar

2/13/2014 11:58:25 PM

I have a federal crime butt it is no a drug and it was 7 years ago can't I go to school for a cna

Posted by:crystal

2/3/2014 10:47:33 AM

I would like to know if I can provide home care assistance for my disabled mom in Texas if I have a felony? Will medicaid pay me for the care if I have a felony even if it is my mom

Posted by:Sherri

1/9/2014 12:08:35 PM

I have a felony drug conviction in SD from 2005. Do i have to list the felony after 7yrs? Will i get denied a job as a nurse aide or CNA?

Posted by:daboy_1rstrunnerup

12/20/2012 11:07:10 AM

i got a felony conviction on my record a theft charge and child neglect on my own kids for something dum its just they no care about the small people only the real rich people here..and the theft was not my fault my former roommate did it but they charge me....but iam so kind nice good great wonderful caring loving and i respect pay full attention to children and give them the help they need and make them smile and laugh and i am sincerely love to take good care of kids/children to make sure there safe and healthy

Posted by:yvetteyoung

7/10/2012 8:34:19 AM

I went to jail for a felony but i was not convicit will this show up

Posted by:Joanna

8/18/2010 3:10:16 PM

My boyfriend has a felony, and we live in Florida, what is the law in Florida? He has no violent crime, and nothing against elderly or children. I was told he can get it expunged. Will he still be able to work in HHA or caretaker?

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