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?
- Print and complete this request form.
- Answer the questions completely & accurately.
- Indicate the type of review you're requesting.
- Mail your completed and signed form to the address below.