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Challenging A Substantiation

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?

  1. Print and complete the applicable side of this form.
  2. 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
(802) 241-2321


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.