The Vermont Child Protection Registry is a database of all substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect, dating back to January 1, 1992.
What is a substantiated report?
When DCF's Family Services Division investigates reports of child abuse or neglect, they are required by law to determine whether the actions reported have been substantiated. A substantiated report means they determined the report was based on accurate and reliable information that would lead a reasonable person to believe the child was abused or neglected.
What does each registry record include?
- 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
- For individuals placed on the Registry on or after July 1, 2009, it also includes a designated child protection level1
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
- 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:
- We receive a report of child abuse or neglect
- Someone applies to become a foster parent, adoptive parent, child care provider, or employee of a residential facility for children or youth in Vermont
- Someone authorized to receive registry information requests a search, including:
- 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
If You Have Questions
- If you have questions about a registry check (search), call (802) 241-6474
- If you have questions about challenging a substantiation/requesting expungement of a record, call (802) 241-2321
- Click here to read the Child Protection Registry brochure
- Click here to read the Registry Protocol for Out-of-State and Screening/Placement Organizations
- Level 1 is assigned if:
- The substantiation involves substantial child endangerment;
- There are court adjudications for related conduct; or
- There is a high risk of future harm.
- Level 2 is assigned for all other substantiations.