Child Abuse Registry – CPSIS

Welcome to Child Protective Services Information System (Child Abuse Registry)

Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services works to ensure the safety and protection of all Georgia’s children. Senate Bill 138 section 11 was codified into Georgia code 49-5-182 which requires the Division of Family and Children Services to establish and maintain a registry of all substantiated cases of abuse and neglect on or after July 1, 2016 into a centralized Child Protective Services Information System (Child Abuse Registry). The Division of Family and Children Services will enter the names of all maltreators with a substantiated case of child abuse and/or neglect on or after July 1, 2016 into the Child Protective Service Information System (Child Abuse Registry).

A Child Protective Service Information System (Child Abuse Registry) screening request may be submitted by the following:

  1. Self-Check
    An individual who wants to check the registry to see whether or not his/her name is listed. (Please provide Driver’s license, state ID, Passport, or Military ID) 
    Submit Screening Request Form
  2. A Child Abuse Investigator
    A Child Abuse investigator who has investigated or federal, federally recognized tribal, state or local government entity of Georgia or any other state or any agent of such governmental agencies which is investigating or responding to a report of a case of possible abuse or is investigating a case of possible child abuse and who shall only be provided the information relating to such case for the purpose of using such information in such investigation.
  3. State or government agency of Georgia for the purpose of licensing
    A state or government agency of Georgia, which licenses entities that have interactions with children or are responsible for providing care for children. Information provided for purposes of licensing of a specific individual or entity.
  4. State or government agency of Georgia for the purpose of employment
    A state or government agency of Georgia, which licenses entities that have interactions with children or are responsible for providing care for children. Information provided for purposes of employment of a specific individual.
  5. Licensed entities in Georgia for the purpose of employment
    Licensed entities in Georgia, which interact with children or are responsible for providing care for children, which shall only be provided information for purposes of employment of a specific individual.
  6. State or government agency of any other state for the purpose of licensing
    A state or government agency of any other state, which licenses entities that have interactions with children or are responsible for providing care for children. Information provided for purposes of licensing of a specific individual or entity.
  7. State or government agency of any other state for the purpose of employment
    A state or government agency of any other state, which licenses entities that have interactions with children or are responsible for providing care for children. Information provided for purposes of employment of a specific individual.
  8. Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
    Georgia court appointed special advocate (CASA) program solely for the purpose of screening and selecting an individual to serve as a CASA, employees and volunteers for their CASA Program.
    Submit Screening Request Form
  9. Any federal, federally recognized tribal, state, or local government entity
    Any federal, federally recognized tribal, state, or local government entity of Georgia or any other state or any agent of such governmental entities requesting information concerning any prospective foster or adoptive parent or any adult living in the home of the prospective foster or adoptive parent. Information will be provided and used solely for the purposes of conducting child abuse clearances of any prospective foster or adoptive parents.
  10. A Child-placing agency licensed in Georgia
    A Child-placing agency licensed in Georgia to place children in foster homes or for adoption requesting information concerning any prospective foster or adoptive parent. Information provided and used solely for the purpose of conducting child abuse clearances of foster or adoptive parents.
  11. Any entity licensed by any other state to place children for adoption
    Any entity licensed by any other state to place children for adoption which information shall be provided at the discretion of the division and used solely for the purpose of conducting background checks on adoptive parents or prospective adoptive parents.

Benefits:

  • Promote a more efficient method of sharing child abuse information with other states as required by law.
  • Central repository where substantiated investigated child abuse and neglected reports are stored and maintained.
  • Comply with State of Georgia laws and regulations. 
  • Comply with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) child welfare policy and practices.

Child Protective Services History
Child protective services historical information remains in the Georgia SHINES data system.  Obtaining information from this system is governed by O.C.G.A. Section 49-5-41.  This statute requires the agency to share information with local, state or federal governmental entities which are performing their obligations to protect children from abuse or neglect. 
Child Protective Services History Requests are provided to the following:

  • A State/Tribal Child Welfare Agency or Governmental Entity 
    • Submit a request on agency letterhead to include all identifying information for the individual to be screened.
  • To an investigator appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction in this state (Georgia Superior Court) to investigate a pending petition for adoption.

Under Georgia law, there is no direct method by which a private child welfare agency can obtain CPS information for private foster and adoptive families. 

Child Protective Services History Request georgiaadamwalshcheck@dhs.ga.gov.

Child Abuse Registry – Child Protective Services Information System (CPSIS): https://gacar.dhs.ga.gov/

OUT OF STATE CPS INQUIRIES:

A Child Protective Service (CPS) Screening Request may be submitted by the following:

  1. Private or International Adoption Agency:
    If an adoption petition has been filed with superior court:   Submit the purpose of request on agency letterhead, and a copy of the court order which states there is a pending adoption
    Submit Screening Request Form
  2. Law Enforcement or CPS Investigators:
    Submit the purpose of request on agency letterhead, along with a signed release of information for each individual to be screened
    Submit Screening Request Form
  3. State Agencies:
    Submit the purpose of request on agency letterhead, along with a signed CPS application for each individual to be screened
    Submit Screening Request Form

 All CPS history requests should be submitted to the following: GeorgiaAdamWalsh@dhs.ga.gov