Obtain Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry Information

What is a Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry background check?

The Central Registry is an official repository for substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect. The maintenance of a Central Registry is legally mandated by Mississippi Code Annotated Section 43-21-257. Individuals are checked against names in the Central Registry to identify any substantiated perpetrators of abuse.

For this purpose, “substantiated perpetrator” refers to an individual who has committed an act of sexual abuse or physical abuse that would otherwise be deemed as a felony or any child neglect that would be deemed as a threat to life, as determined upon investigation by Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services and has a criminal conviction or an adjudication by a youth court judge or court of competent jurisdiction, ordering that the name of the perpetrator be listed on the central registry, pending due process. There are procedures to afford due process to individuals who have been named as substantiated perpetrators before the release of their name from the Central Registry.

The Central Registry is not public. Requests from agencies, organizations or entities seeking information from the Central Registry in order to assure the safety of children or vulnerable persons must identify themselves and demonstrate permission from the individual to have the Central Registry checked. These requirements are accomplished by using any of the formats shown below.

The Central Registry is limited in that the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services investigates abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children by their parents or caregivers, and Human Trafficking of children by any person, so individuals convicted of crimes against children by non-caregivers would only be included if the information is reported to the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry.

Types of Applications and How They Are Used

482 Application

This form is used for applicants for foster parent, adoptive parent, or employee of a residential care facility, child placing agency or day care center. This form is submitted by MDCPS staff only. Requests may be made by fax or via DocuSign.

Health Department Application

This form is used for all operators, employees, volunteers, or prospective employees or volunteers of a child care facility and any individual residing in a residence licensed as a child care facility. Requests may be made by mail or fax.

Child Abuse and Neglect Common Central Registry Application

This form is used pursuant to Mississippi Code Annotated Section 43-21-257 (3) to request a Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry Background Check. Identifying information on employees or potential employees who will provide care and supervision of children or vulnerable persons are checked against names listed in the state’s official repository of the Central Registry. Requests may be made by mail, email, fax or via DocuSign. Requestors utilizing email to submit requests have the responsibility to encrypt or otherwise secure the information to protect the identity of the applicant.

Child Protection Historical Background Records Search Application

This form is for use by another State Child Protection Agency for the purpose of requesting a Child Protection Historical Background Records Search (also referred to as a records check), on individuals who are currently being investigated in that state because of a report of child abuse/neglect, and the family is reported to have previously lived in Mississippi. Requests may be made via DocuSign.

Who is allowed to request a Central Registry background check?

Child care facilities, schools, residential facilities, entities operating in compliance with the Adam Walsh Act, child protection agencies, and any entity providing care or supervision to children or vulnerable person can request Central Registry background checks on potential employees and volunteers. However, these requestors are required to identify themselves and have the appropriate signed permission from the individuals prior to submitting the request.

What information is needed in order to have a Central Registry background check completed?

The individual’s full name (including maiden name and/or alias if applicable), Social Security number, birth date, and current address are required to complete a Central Registry background check. The individual must sign a form authorizing permission for the background check to be completed.

What is the usual turnaround time for a Central Registry background check?

Thirty days should be allowed for results to be returned to the requestor, although most are returned much quicker.

How long do substantiated perpetrator’s names remain on the Central Registry?

The names of individuals determined to be “Substantiated Perpetrators” of child abuse and/or neglect remain on the MDCPS Central Registry indefinitely, unless the name is removed via the process of an Administrative Fair Hearing.

What if I am informed that I am listed on the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry, but I believe it is an error or want to appeal?

If an entity submits an application to check the Central Registry and you are found to be listed, you will receive a confidential letter informing you and allowing you to request an Administrative Fair Hearing to confirm whether your listing on the Central Registry meets the legal requirements before the information is provided to the requestor. If it is determined that your listing on the Central Registry meets legal requirements, you will be informed and the requestor will be notified that your name is on the Central Registry.

What is the contact information for Mississippi Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry?

Email: mscentralregistry@mdcps.ms.gov

Fax: 601-576-2584

Mail: MDCPS, Central Registry, PO Box 346, Jackson, MS 39205

Phone: 601-359-4198

601-359-4487

601-359-4538

Instructions and Applications for Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry

Instructions and Link for Electronic Child Abuse/Neglect Common Central Registry Application

Electronic link for Child Abuse/Neglect Common Central Registry Application

Employer/Requestor completes Steps 1-8

  • Step 1: Click the link or copy and paste the link into your browser to access the form
  • Step 2: Enter the person requesting the applicant Central Registry Check Name and Email
  • Step 3: Enter the Applicant Name and Email
  • Step 4: Press Begin Signing
  • Step 5: An access code will be sent to the person requesting the check email. Copy and Paste the code into the box then press Validate
  • Step 6: Complete the required fields for the person requesting the check
  • Step 7: Attach an Agency License or Agency ID Badge
  • Step 8: Press finish/complete
  • Step 9: An email will be sent to the applicants’ email. That's where the applicant will complete their portion of the form

Please contact the applicant to ensure they complete their portion of the form within 24hrs. The application will expire if it's left incomplete for more than 24hrs.

The applicant completes Steps 9 and 10

  • Step 10: Fill in personal information for the require fills
  • Step 11: Once complete press complete/finish

  • Once the applicant completes the form it will be sent to the Central Registry staff at MDCPS. The form will be processed and an email will be sent to the person who requested the information as well as the applicant with the results enclosed.

    Once the application is complete, it has to be opened within 48 hours. The application will expire if it's left unopen for some time.

    Instructions and Link for a Child Protection Historical Records Search

    Electronic link for a Child Protection Historical Records Search

    • Step 1: Click the link or copy and paste the link into your browser to access the form
    • Step 2: Enter the name and email of the person requesting Central Registry Historical Records Check
    • Step 3: Press Begin Signing
    • Step 4: An access code will be sent to the email of the person requesting the check. Copy and Paste the code into the box then press Validate.
    • Step 5: Complete the required fields for the person requesting the check
    • Step 6: Complete the Family Information
    • Step 7: Attach an Agency License or Agency ID Badge
    • Step 8: Press finish/complete

    Once the application is complete, the form will be sent to MDCPS Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry. The form will be processed and an email will be sent to the person who requested the information.