OCFS Background Check Unit

The Office of Child and Family Services’ Background Check Unit (BCU) is involved in a number of different background check processes including those for child care providers, children’s residential providers and also conduct Child Abuse Registry clearances.

Child Abuse Registry Checks
Child Abuse Registry check results will notify the requestor if the individual has been substantiated for child abuse or neglect. A substantiation means an individual has been deemed responsible for abusing, neglecting, or placing a child at high risk for abuse and neglect while that child was in their care. An online request for an Child Abuse Registry check can be submitted here. The cost is $15 per individual child protective history check. Instructions on using the online portal are available here (PDF).

For more information contact the Background Check Unit at (207) 624-7965 or dhhs.cpsclearance@maine.gov

Adam Walsh Background Checks for Foster and Adoptive Parents

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act 2006 (PDF)  and the Social Security Act, Title IV-E, section 471(a) (20) require all those applying to become foster or adoptive parents, and any other adults living in the home, to undergo a background check through the State of Maine’s child abuse and neglect registry system.

Requesting an Adam Walsh Background check 

Any State or local child welfare agency can make a request.

Requests must be submitted by email to ADAMWALSH.DHHS@maine.gov, and must include all of the following:

  • Requests must be made on agency letterhead;
  • Requests must include requestors name, job title, phone number, fax/mail/email address;
  • Requests must include the name(s), aliases, and date(s) of birth for the individual(s) to be searched; and
  • Requests must cite the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. (Sample language: “This background check is being requested in compliance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.”)

Results will be emailed back within 5-10 business days.

Please note: Information provided to agencies will be limited to the topline results of the check: “This person does not have any substantiated findings of Child Abuse and Neglect in the State of Maine,” or, “This person has substantiated findings of Child Abuse and Neglect in the State of Maine.”