Provo, UT asked in Adoption, Criminal Law and Family Law for Utah

Q: I am on a Child Abuse Registry for a chronic offense but never criminally charged what to do to remove name?

Is there a chance to remove my name from DCFS database, and somewhere down the line to adopt my cousins in case they get put into fostercare? i'm willing to undergo any psychological testing or other proof to show i am not a danger.

1 Lawyer Answer
Lane Wood
Lane Wood
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Licensed in Utah

A: My reading of the statute is that being on the child abuse registry alone does not prevent you from adopting a child. I don't know the process, if any, for removing oneself from the child abuse registry, but I have successfully completed an adoption for an individual who was on the registry. If you look at the Utah Adoption act, it has a list of disqualifying criteria. Unless it has changed recently, it requires a conviction.

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