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:

  • 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) 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 its CASA Program.

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/