Out-of-State Child Welfare Agencies, Including Request Related to Ongoing Investigations/Assessments


Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is unable to provide any criminal history information to an out-of-state child welfare agency as part of an ongoing investigation/assessment, as Indiana DCS do not have the statutory authority to access this information.

DCS is also unable to complete Child Protective Service (CPS) History Checks or CPI checks for out-of-state child welfare agencies for individuals living within Indiana.

Indiana policy prohibits the completion of Criminal History Checks as well as CPS History or CPI History Checks on those currently residing in Indiana when requested by an out-of-state child welfare agency as this may be in violation of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC).

For additional information, please see the link below for ICPC Regulation 2, Section 3a.

For additional guidance, please consult your state’s ICPC administrator. 
If you have questions regarding this DCS Policy, you may contact the Indiana ICPC Department via e-mail at ICPCUnit.DCS@dcs.in.gov

Click on below link for details for submitting a request for a CPS History/CPI History Check for an ongoing investigation/assessment if requested by an out-of-state child welfare agency for an individual not residing in Indiana currently to Indiana DCS. 
Out-of-State Child Welfare Agencies Requesting CPS Searches