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Message ID: 10920
Date: 2021-05-21

Author:Tammy Kincaid

Subject:RE: Expunging child abuse record of a minor parent

HI Lisa, I worked in CPS in MN for 30 years so only really know that state. In MN, she would apply for a job, list the event as a possible disqualifier. Then when the background check is done, she can appeal the disqualification. My experience is that unless the maltreatment was sexual abuse or something that required medical intervention, or something that is recent, the disqualification is waived. Also, CPS records are only kept for 7-10 years past the closing date of the last referral. I would suggest she preemptively ask for a waiver if possible but often states are not willing to do that. Also, if it was a differential response, only investigation track cases are disqualifiers. By there nature no maltreatment substantiation has been made on alternative response cases so then there would be no need to even mention it. But again, she should check in the state she lives. TK -----Original Message----- From: bounce-125653652-86942380@list.cornell.edu On Behalf Of Lisa Fontes Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2021 5:21 PM To: 'child-maltreatment-research-L ' Subject: Expunging child abuse record of a minor parent Dear colleagues, I am asking for a colleague who is the GAL for a case where a 15 year old abused her young daughter. If CPS substantiates the abuse, she will never be able to work in nursing, childcare, etc, even though she is amenable to learning to become a better mother. Are any of you aware of a state where minor parents can have child abuse records expunged when they turn 18 or 21? Or do you know where to find such info? Thank you. Lisa Fontes PhD.

HI Lisa, I worked in CPS in MN for 30 years so only really know that state. In MN, she would apply for a job, list the event as a possible disqualifier. Then when the background check is done, she can appeal the disqualification. My experience is that unless the maltreatment was sexual abuse or something that required medical intervention, or something that is recent, the disqualification is waived. Also, CPS records are only kept for 7-10 years past the closing date of the last referral. I would suggest she preemptively ask for a waiver if possible but often states are not willing to do that. Also, if it was a differential response, only investigation track cases are disqualifiers. By there nature no maltreatment substantiation has been made on alternative response cases so then there would be no need to even mention it. But again, she should check in the state she lives. TK -----Original Message----- From: bounce-125653652-86942380list.cornell.edu On Behalf Of Lisa Fontes Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2021 5:21 PM To: 'child-maltreatment-research-L ' Subject: Expunging child abuse record of a minor parent Dear colleagues, I am asking for a colleague who is the GAL for a case where a 15 year old abused her young daughter. If CPS substantiates the abuse, she will never be able to work in nursing, childcare, etc, even though she is amenable to learning to become a better mother. Are any of you aware of a state where minor parents can have child abuse records expunged when they turn 18 or 21? Or do you know where to find such info? Thank you. Lisa Fontes PhD.