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Child Protection Register (CPR)

Child Protection Register Check Application Submission

The Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) has transitioned to a fully electronic process for Child Protection Register check requests. No hand-delivered, mailed or faxed applications are being accepted. Applications are being accepted electronically at the links below. 

  • Click here to download a CPR check application for DC Traditional and Charter Public Schools 
  • Click here to submit a CPR check application for a new hire/volunteer
  • Click here to submit a CPR check application for a current employee/volunteer
  • Click here to submit a CPR check application for child welfare (e.g., adoption, foster care, court)
  • Click here to submit a CPR check application for any other purpose (e.g., a self-check, investigation)

For questions, call the CPR main number 202-727-8885 during business hours or email [email protected]. Calls and emails will be monitored and responded to within 24 hours or the next business day.

Presentación de la solicitud de verificación del Registro de Protección de Menores

La Agencia de Servicios para Niños y Familias (CFSA) ha pasado a un proceso completamente electrónico para las solicitudes de verificación del Registro de Protección de Menores. No se aceptan solicitudes entregadas en mano, enviadas por correo o por fax. Las solicitudes se aceptan electrónicamente en los enlaces a continuación.

  • Haga clic aquí para obtener una solicitud de verificación de CPR para las escuelas públicas tradicionales (DCPS) y escuelas públicas autónomas de DC (PCS)
  • Haga clic aquí para enviar una solicitud de verificación de CPR para un nuevo empleado/voluntario
  • Haga clic aquí para enviar una solicitud de verificación de CPR para un empleado/voluntario actual
  • Haga clic aquí para enviar una solicitud de verificación de CPR para el bienestar de menores (por ejemplo, adopción/acogida temporal/tribunal)
  • Haga clic aquí para enviar una solicitud de verificación de CPR para cualquier otro propósito

Si tiene preguntas, llame al número principal de CPR 202-727-8885 durante el horario comercial o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected]. Las llamadas y los correos electrónicos serán monitoreados y respondidos dentro de las 24 horas o el siguiente día de trabajo.


Background Checks

The Child Protection Register (CPR) is one part of the background check process. There are four primary background checks that are done for foster and adoptive parents, childcare providers and others caring for or working with children:

  • Criminal: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which includes criminal records from all 50 states
  • Criminal: The National Sex Offender Registry, also known as Adam Walsh, which is included in the FBI check
  • Criminal: The Local Police Department
  • Civil: The Child Protection Register (CPR) which is a non-criminal record check to see if an individual has been substantiated for the abuse or neglect of a child

The CPR is a confidential database of people known or strongly suspected to have abused or neglected children in DC. At the close of an investigation of child abuse/neglect, CFSA must enter names into the CPR based on either of the following findings:

  • Substantiated: A report which is supported by credible evidence that a child was abused or neglected and the person in question was the maltreator.
  • Inconclusive: A report which is supported by credible evidence that a child was abused or neglected but the person in question cannot be proven to be the maltreator.
  • Unfounded: A report which has no basis in fact, was made maliciously or in bad faith, or for which the person in question was not the maltreator.

Check Child-Serving Employees

As a business or agency that serves children, you must require prospective or current employees, contractors, interns or volunteers who work directly with children to get a CPR background check. CFSA processes requests within 45 days of receiving the application. As a courtesy, applications for new hires are typically processed within 14 days.

  • Click here to submit a CPR check application for a new hire/volunteer
  • Click here to submit a CPR check application for a current employee/volunteer

Check Prospective Foster/Adoptive Parents

As a child-placing agency that licenses foster parents or an adoption agency that conducts home studies, you must get CPR background checks of prospective foster or adoptive parents, their adult household members and their selected back-up caregivers. 

Check a Person Under Investigation in Another Jurisdiction

As a child welfare agency in another jurisdiction, you may need to ask CFSA for information about people you are investigating for child abuse/neglect. Since they previously lived or worked in DC, follow these steps.

  • Write a letter of request on your agency letterhead. Include the full name, birth date, social security number, and any former addresses in DC for the person to be checked. Include the name, title, email address and telephone number of the requesting official.
  • Click here to submit a CPR check request letter for an individual under investigation.
  • Contact the DC Child Protection Register Unit, at (202) 727-8885 or [email protected], if you have any questions. 
  • CFSA will provide a verbal report within 24 hours. Within five days, you will get a written report of the family's history with the District child welfare system since 1999.
Service Contact: 
CFSA
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-8885
Contact Fax: 
(202) 727-5750
Contact TTY: 
711
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

200 I Street, SE

GIS Address: 
200 I Street, SE
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20003