The State maintains a Centralized Confidential Database that contains information about child abuse and neglect investigations conducted by Maryland State departments of social services. The State searches the database when:
- An individual completes a notarized Child Protective Services Background Clearance Form and requests that the department complete a search. This request is most often done for verification of the absence of any history that would preclude a person from working with or caring for children.
- The court requests a search by providing a court order requiring the department to release information.
- If an individual wants to be considered by another state’s department of social services to become a foster or adoptive parent in their state and that person has lived in Maryland in the past. This is often referred to as an “Adam Walsh check“.
Request a Background Clearance
To request a background clearance, please choose from the options below.
Individuals requiring a Child Protective Services Background Search must complete the following form.