About the Registry

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.

Learn More

  • Click here to read the Child Protection Registry brochure.
  • Click here to read the Registry Protocol for Out-of-State and Screening/Placement Organizations.

Footnote

1. For individuals placed on the Registry on or after July 1, 2009, the registry record includes a designated child protection level, based on the risk of future harm to children:

  • 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.