Review of Placement on Child Abuse Registry

The Vermont Child Protection Registry is a database of all substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect, dating back to January 1, 1992.

If you were substantiated for child abuse and neglect, click here for more information.

What is a substantiated report?

When the Family Services Division of DCF investigates reports of child abuse or neglect, we are required by law to determine whether the actions reported have been substantiated. A substantiated report means we have determined the report is based on accurate and reliable information that would lead a reasonable person to believe the child has been abused or neglected.

What is a registry record?

Each registry record includes:

  • The name of an individual substantiated for child abuse or neglect;
  • The date and nature of the finding;
  • At least one personal identifier other than the person’s name to help us correctly identify the person; and
  • For individuals placed on the Registry on or after July 1, 2009, it also includes a designated child protection level.

What are the potential impacts of having a registry record?

Having a registry record may affect a person’s ability to become a:

  • Foster parent, adoptive parent, or child care provider;
  • Employee of a residential facility for children, youth, or vulnerable adults; and
  • Volunteer, contractor, employee, or grantee who provides care, custody, treatment, transportation, or supervision of children, youth, or vulnerable adults.

How is the Child Protection Registry used?

DCF staff search the Registry whenever:

  1. We receive a report of child abuse or neglect;
  2. Someone applies to become a foster parent, adoptive parent, child care provider, or employee of a residential facility for children or youth in Vermont; and
  3. Someone authorized to receive registry information requests a search. This includes:
  • Employers who will use information from the Registry to determine whether to hire or retain a specific individual providing care, custody, treatment, transportation, or supervision of children, youth, or vulnerable adults;
  • Owners/operators of facilities regulated by the Department for Children and Families;
  • The state’s attorney or attorney general;
  • Designees within the Vermont Agency of Human Services;
  • Adult protective services in other states;
  • Child protection agencies in other states;
  • The person substantiated for child abuse and neglect and the subject of a record;
  • Others as provided for in statute.