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Challenge A Substantiation

If you are substantiated for child abuse or neglect in Vermont, your name will be added to the Child Protection Registry unless you challenge the substantiation and get it overturned.

When can I request a review to challenge a substantiation?

  • At any time — if you were substantiated between January 1, 1992 and August 31, 2007.
  • Within 14 days of us mailing you a letter advising you about the substantiation — if you were substantiated after August 31, 2007.

What happens if I do request one?

  • 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, or
    • 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 happens if I don’t request one 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?

  1. Print and complete this request form.
  2. Answer the questions completely & accurately.
  3. Indicate the type of review you're requesting.
  4. 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