If you're substantiated for child abuse or neglect in Vermont, your name is added to the Child Protection Registry — unless you challenge the substantiation and get it overturned.
What's in a registry record?
- Your name
- At least one other fact to help identify you (e.g., date of birth)
- The date & nature of the finding
- A child protection level related to your risk of future harm to children — for all records added on or after July 1, 2009
Can the public access the registry?
No. The public may NOT access the registry. However, a current or potential employer may access it if:
- You give your permission
- The work involves children, youth or vulnerable adults
How can a registry record affect me?
It could affect your ability to:
- Adopt a child
- Become a child care provider
- Provide foster/respite care
- Work or volunteer in positions involving children, youth or vulnerable adults
Others may request your record if it’s relevant. This includes:
- Adult/child protection agencies
- Board of Medical Practice
- State’s attorneys
Read the statute to see who can access the registry and why.
How do I challenge a substantiation?
Learn how and when you may challenge a substantiation.
Is a registry record permanent?
As long as you are NOT required to be on the Sex Offender Registry, you may request a review to have your name expunged (removed) from the registry once it's been on a certain number of years.
Where can I learn more?
Read the Child Protection Registry brochure
Department for Children and Families
Commissioner’s Registry Review Unit
HC 1 North, 280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1080