Child Abuse Central Index

Child Abuse Central Index

Child Abuse Central Index

The Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) is a tool used by state and local law enforcement in preventing and protecting children from abuse. Law enforcement uses the Child Abuse Central Index in investigations and prosecutions. The CACI is also used by law enforcement to identity repeat offenders. The CACI is used by social welfare agencies to screen candidates for employment, licensing in child care, foster care, adoption and other child related fields.

The Child Abuse Central Index is under the authority of the Office of Attorney General. The CACI was created by the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.

Suspected abusers are added to the list through reports made by "Mandatory Reporters." Mandatory Reporters include teachers, school staff, school administrators, health care providers, emergency services personnel, clergy members, police officers and other law enforcement officers. If allegations against a personal are substantiated or found INCONCLUSIVE the report is sent to the Department of Justice to be entered into the Child Abuse Central Index.

If the allegations of Child Abuse or Child Neglect are found to be true the accused will remain on the CACI list for the rest of their life.

If the allegations are not substantiated the individual with remain on the Child Abuse Central Index for 10 years. After 10 years, if there are no additional reports, the accused can request their name be removed from the CACI.

The only way a name can be removed from the CACI is through a "Grievance Hearing." There is a limited time frame for a Grievance Hearing. When a name is going to be added to the CACI, the individual is notified. At that time they have an opportunity to contest being added to the CACI through a Grievance Hearing. Individuals facing addition to the CACI, can be represented by an Attorney at the Grievance Hearing.

If you have been notified about the possibility of being added to the Central Child Abuse index and need to schedule a Grievance Hearing, contact Attorney Search Network for a lawyer referral.

If you have any questions about the information provided above, please contact Attorney Search Network.

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