Today we went to our local FIA office in a run-down & almost seedy (but not yet "scary") section of west Detroit. We were there to submit our "Request for Registry Clearance" from the Department of Human Services. After Russia, we knew it was not going to be as bad - but it was easier than pie. We filled out a form with our name, address, and SS# - I had to add "other names known by" - made copies of our driver's licenses... and that's it. We'll have our background check done and the "certificate of clearance" ready after 2pm tomorrow.
Honestly, this is ALL we have to do if we are willing to take in a 16 or 17 year old. Under 16 requires foster care licensing, which we are doing anyway. Huh.