How do I find out if my name is on the State Child Abuse and Neglect Registry? How do I get my child abuse record expunged?
Most states have laws authorizing a statewide central registry, which is a centralized listing of child maltreatment records. The type of information contained in central registries and department records varies from state to state, but usually includes the name of the alleged perpetrator(s). However, this information is typically kept confidential and used only by child protection agencies or sometimes for employer screening. Access to information maintained in registries and department records varies among states.
For example, the AdoptUSKids website provides a list of state contacts for Child Abuse Registries.
For information about the laws governing the central registry in your state, Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, provides the following summaries of state statutes:
- Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse Reports summarizes state laws authorizing the establishment of central registries for maintaining records of child abuse and neglect reports.
- Disclosure of Confidential Child Abuse and Neglect Records summarizes state laws regarding the protection of confidential child abuse and neglect records.
- Review and Expunction of Central Registries and Reporting Records summarizes state laws regarding central registries and the expungement of records.