The information below is for people substantiated for child abuse and neglect in Vermont.
Can I challenge a substantiation?
Yes, you can. If you were substantiated:
Before September 1, 2007:
You may request a review — at any time.
On/after September 1, 2007:
You may request a review — within 14 days of when we mailed a letter telling you:
- We intend to add your name to the Child Protection Registry
- About your right to request this type of review
What happens at a review?
- An independent contractor will conduct the review
- Before it takes place, you'll be given:
- The time and place of the review
- The review procedures (i.e., how to submit the information you’d like the reviewer to consider)
- Copies of investigative documents (as authorized by law)
What happens after the review?
The reviewer may:
- Uphold the substantiation
- Reject or overturn it
- Direct DCF to reopen the investigation
We'll notify you of the decision.
What if the reviewer upholds the substantiation?
- Your name will be immediately added to the Registry (or stay on the registry if it's already there)
- You may appeal the decision to the Human Services Board
What if I don’t request a review in the time allowed?
- Your name will be added to the registry (or stay on the registry if it's already there)
- The decision will be final
- You’ll have no further right to request this type of review
How do I request a review to challenge the substantiation?
- Print and complete the applicable side of this form.
- Mail your completed and signed form to the address below
Department for Children and Families
Commissioner’s Registry Review Unit
HC 1 North, 280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1080
Is a registry record permanent?
You may request a review to have your name removed (expunged) from the registry after it's been listed for a certain number of years. Learn more.