Job & Family Services Office of Families and Children

Request for Alleged Perpetrator Search of Ohio's SACWIS Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect    

Ohio's SACWIS Registry of alleged perpetrators of Child Abuse and Neglect is a confidential database containing allegations of reports of child abuse and 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.  

SACWIS Registry search confirms whether an individual has been named an Alleged Perpetrator for a Substantiated or Indicated report of child abuse or neglect. If the search reveals there are no reports associated with the individual’s name as an Alleged Perpetrator of child abuse or neglect, a “No Match” letter is provided.  If the search reveals a report(s) associated with the individual’s name as an Alleged Perpetrator of child abuse 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 or indicated), and the county public children services agency who conducted the investigation.     

Ohio Administrative Code rule 5101:2-33-21, Confidentiality and Dissemination of Child Welfare Information, allows an individual or a children services 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.   

Submitting a SACWIS Registry Search Request - click on links below:  

OSAPS:  https://ap.jfs.ohio.gov   

OSAPS PowerPoint

SACWIS Alleged Perpetrator Search Q&A

Contact Information  


The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services received a request for background check information for individual's working in child care that have declared residency in Ohio within the previous five (5) years.

Individuals can request a background check through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at https://registry.occrra.org/user/login.  (guide attached).

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."