Ohio’s Central Registry on Child Abuse and Neglect is a confidential database that contains allegations of reports of child abuse and neglect and information on the parties involved. Parties involved in a child abuse or neglect report may include the alleged perpetrator, alleged child victim, caretaker, and other children and adults involved in the report. The Privacy Act permits an individual whose name is contained in a personal database maintained by the state to request and receive information about the status of his/her name on that database. Click here for information on requesting a search of Ohio's Central Registry on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Child Protective Services
Ohio's public children services agencies (PCSAs) are required to assess and investigate reports of abuse, neglect, or dependency. The PCSA will complete an assessment and, if necessary, work with the family to develop a case plan identifying services necessary to reduce risk to the child and prevent the abuse or neglect from occurring again. In instances where it is found that children cannot remain safe in their own homes, the PCSA will work with the local court system to remove them and find an alternative safe placement - preferably with relatives. To make a report of abuse, neglect or dependency, contact the PCSA in the county where the child and his or her parent, guardian or custodian reside.