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Central Registry

Names of individuals are placed on the statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry if there is a preponderance of evidence that the individual has abused or neglected their child and the future risk to the child is high or intensive (based on the structured decision making risk assessment tool). Note: The Child Protection Law requires certain persons' names to go on Central Registry regardless on risk. 

When names are placed on the Central Registry, the DHS sends each individual a written notification which includes:

  • Information on the individual's right to review the case record.
  • Information on the individual's right to appeal the decision to place their name on the Central Registry.
  • Instructions on how to file an appeal.

For information on how to obtain a central registry clearances, see the Central Registry Clearance Request page.

What are your rights?

You have a right to be notified that your name is being placed on Central Registry; this is called due process.  You will receive a letter through certified mail or it will be hand delivered by the CPS worker.  The letter will explain the following:

  • That your name is being listed on Central Registry and why. 
  • Who can view your name on Central Registry.
  • What to do if you disagree with your name being listed on Central Registry.

What to do if you disagree with your name being listed on Central Registry.

  • Write a letter to the CPS worker's supervisor requesting that your name be taken off (expunged from) Central Registry.
  • Ask in writing for an Administrative Hearing to have your name taken off (expunged from) Central Registry.
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