August 22, 2008 By Wallin & Klarich

The Department of Justice (DOJ) maintains an index of any and all sexual abuse charges and severe neglect reports submitted. The index is continually updated by the department and should not contain any reports that are determined to be unfounded. If the claim is found to be inconclusive or unsubstantiated that person shall be deleted from the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) after 10 years if there are no subsequent reports concerning the same suspected child abuser. If a second report of child abuse/neglect is received within 10 years, the first report and the second report will be maintained for 10 years after the second report was filed.

The DOJ must make the report available to the following: (1) an agency that is conducting a child abuse investigation; (2) an agency that has contracted with the state for the performance of licensing duties, or to a tribal court; (3) an agency that is conducting a background investigation of an applicant seeking employment with the program or a volunteer program; (4) an agency that conducts an investigation relating to the death of one or more children and any prior child abuse or neglect investigation reports that are maintained involving the same victims, siblings or suspects; (5) an agency that is responsible for placing children or assessing the possible placement of children; (6) a government agency that is conducting a background investigation of an applicant seeking employment as a peace officer.

Therefore, it is important to hire a family law lawyer from Wallin & Klarich to assist you in determining if you are listed on the Child Abuse Central Index, what agencies have access to certain information, and verify the agency accessing the information is doing so for the purpose designated by state law. WK has over 30 years of experience in this area and can assist you in protecting your rights. Please visit our website and call us 888-749-0034. We will be there when you call.

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