Assessing the Feasibility of Creating and Maintaining a National Registry of Child Maltreatment Perpetrators: Research Report. CHAPTER 4. INQUIRING ABOUT PERPETRATORS FROM A NATIONAL REGISTRY

09/01/2012

Given Federal mandates for conducting child abuse and neglect checks on prospective foster and adoptive parents and the ongoing concerns of preventing access to children by perpetrators of maltreatment, it is clear that States will continue to conduct cross-State inquiries. This chapter discusses the current practices and policies regarding States inquiries into histories of abuse and neglect. The perspectives of the States in terms of future efficiencies, potential benefits, and challenges of being able to retrieve data are also discussed. The chapter also estimates the number and percent of perpetrators substantiated for child maltreatment in multiple states, and explains how benefits could accrue from both matches and non matches to registry inquiries.

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