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What Happens If You're Substantiated

If you're substantiated for child abuse or neglect in Vermont, your name will be added to the Child Protection Registry — a database of substantiated reports dating back to January 1, 1992.

What's in my registry record?

  • Your name
  • At least one other fact to help identify you (e.g., date of birth)
  • The date and nature of the finding
  • If added on/after July 1, 2009, it also includes a designated child protection level 1. The level is based on the risk of future harm to children.

Can the public access the registry?

No. The public may NOT access the registry; however, a current or potential employer may access it if the work involves children, youth or vulnerable adults. Your permission is needed.

Read the statute to see who can access the registry and why.

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

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
(802) 241-2321

1. Designated child protection levels:

  • Level 1 is assigned if there:
    • Was substantial child endangerment
    • Is a high risk of future harm
    • Are any court decisions for related conduct
  • Level 2 is assigned for all other substantiations