Child Abuse and Neglect (CA/N) File

Maintained by: Family Support Division, Department of Social Services Questions: (573) 751-2330

The Child Abuse/Neglect (CA/N) File, also called the Family Support Division Central Registry, contains the names of individuals who have been determined, through a Family Support Division case investigation, to be perpetrators of child abuse and neglect.

Child abuse and neglect include physical abuse, sexual abuse, educational neglect, medical neglect, physical neglect and emotional maltreatment. An individual's name will be added to the Central Registry if the Family Support Division case investigation yields a finding of probable cause, or that abuse did occur.

Individuals that desire in-home services for a child, senior or person with disability may request a screening through the Family Support Division Central Registry by completing the Caregiver Background Screening Form. On average, information from the Central Registry takes 3-5 working days to process from the date of receipt of the request.

In addition, agencies that employ or use volunteers in a child care operation (i.e., day care, residential treatment, schools, scouting groups, etc.) may obtain background check information from the Central Registry through a written request to the Director of the Family Support Division. Agencies may receive further information from the Family Support Division, Department of Social Services.