If you are unfortunate enough to be the subject of an “indicated” report of child abuse or neglect, there can be serious long-term consequences, even if there is no subsequent court adjudication and even if no criminal charges are ever filed. The existence of an “indicated” report can prevent one from becoming a foster parent or adoptive parent.
It can also virtually preclude employment in certain fields involving children. All is not lost, however. Even though the threshold for an “indicated” report is low, persons investigating these claims still make mistakes. The law allows person to have their cases reviewed and such findings reversed.
For this reason, it is important to consult an attorney who not only knows the law, but also understands the administrative process of getting such reports corrected.