The information below is for people substantiated for child abuse and neglect in Vermont.
When may I request a review to challenge a substantiation?
|If you were substantiated:||You may request a substantiation review:|
|From January 1, 1992 to August 31, 2007||At any time|
|On or after September 1, 2007||
Within 14 days of when we mailed you a letter advising that:
What happens if I request a substantiation review?
- We’ll contact you to schedule a meeting with an independent reviewer.
- Once it’s scheduled, we’ll send you a confirmation letter and copies of redacted investigative documents (per the law).
- After the meeting, the reviewer may:
- Uphold the substantiation
- Overturn it
- Direct DCF to reopen the investigation
- You’ll be sent a decision letter.
- If the reviewer upholds the substantiation:
- We’ll add your name to the registry (or keep it on 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 a substantiation review
How do I request a review?
- If you may request a substantiation review at this time, print and complete this form.
- Answer the questions completely & accurately. We cannot process your request unless it's complete.
- Indicate the type of review you're asking for.
- Mail your completed and signed form to the address below.
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.
Department for Children and Families
Commissioner’s Registry Review Unit
HC 1 North, 280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1080