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; and
- 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; 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:
- 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; and
- 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.
- 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.