Job & Family Services Office of Families and Children

Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS)  

Ohio's SACWIS Registry on Child Abuse and Neglect is a confidential database containing allegations of reports of child abuse and/or neglect and the parties involved.  Information contained in the SACWIS Registry is highly confidential and released only under strict guidelines set forth in federal and state rules and law.    

A SACWIS Registry search confirms whether an individual has been named an Alleged Perpetrator for a Substantiated or Indicated report of child abuse and/or neglect. If the search reveals there are no reports associated with the individual’s name as an Alleged Perpetrator of child abuse and/or neglect, a “No Match” letter is provided.  If the search reveals a report associated with the individual’s name as an Alleged Perpetrator of child abuse and/or neglect, a “Match” letter is provided. The “Match” letter confirms the individual as an Alleged Perpetrator and provides the date of each report, along with the allegation, case disposition (substantiated and/or indicated), and the county Public Children Services Agency (PCSA) that conducted the investigation.       

Ohio Administrative Code rule 5101:2-33-21, Confidentiality and Dissemination of Child Welfare Information, allows an individual, private or public agency to request a search of the SACWIS registry and receive information about the status of an individual's name on the Ohio SACWIS Registry.   

How to submit a SACWIS Registry Search Request - click on links below:  

OSAPS:  https://ap.jfs.ohio.gov   (create an OH|ID account)

OSAPS User Guide for Individual Requests

OSAPS User Guide for Out-of-State (OOS) Requests

SACWIS Alleged Perpetrator Search FAQs

Contact Information


Individuals can request a background check through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at:  https://registry.occrra.org/user/login.  The individual must first create a profile and then request a background review.

For out of state individuals when submitting the background check request, please select “Out of State/Former Ohio Resident” as the reason for the request. Also, use the free text box where you may include additional information for processing to tell us if you would like the check to go to your state agency.  For example, ‘please send results to anystate@gmail.gov.”  

The result letter will only be emailed to the individual or a State Agency, the employee will be able to forward the result letter to their employer to keep on file.  

Inquiries may be sent to e-mail  CCBackgroundCheck@jfs.ohio.gov.