Child Abuse and Neglect (CA/N) Founded Findings Requests from External Requestors

The information provided through this service is limited to the existence of founded findings of child abuse and neglect. “Inconclusive” or “unfounded” findings, or other information contained in the individual’s record, will not be provided through this process. For questions about this process contact CANhistorychecks@dcyf.wa.gov or call 206-341-7938. 

Specific records requests must be made through Children’s Administration Public Disclosure at 1-844-506-8375 or dcyfpublicdisclosure@dcyf.wa.gov upon completion of the CA/N search.

CA/N Founded Findings Request from Another State

For a Public Child Welfare agency requesting CA/N history as part of an open CPS or Child Welfare investigation, the request must be submitted on their state agency's letterhead and include language indicating the subjects are part of an ongoing investigation. Identifying information must include: 

  • Parents’ current last name, first name, middle initial and maiden name (if any).
  • Parents’ dates-of-birth.
  • Children’s last name, first name and middle initial.
  • Children’s dates-of-birth.
  • SSNs for all, if available.
  • Requests that do not include children’s information will be returned.

Email the CA/N history request to CANhistorychecks@dcyf.wa.gov or fax to 206-341-7930. For questions, call 206-341-7938.

DCYF 23-041 form must be used for all other requestors outside of Washington State when the purpose is for foster home licensing, relative placement, adoption, employment, volunteering or interning in settings requiring child abuse and neglect history checks. The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) requires a fee of $20 for each inquiry of an individual's child abuse and neglect findings request. If submitting multiple requests, one check may be sent for the total cost.

  • Forms must be typed, not handwritten, dated and signed. Any handwritten or incomplete forms will be returned for correction.
  • Complete one form for each individual for whom a child abuse/neglect findings request is being requested.
  • Include a check in the amount of $20 per individual inquiry, made payable to DCYF and mail completed requests to: 
         DCYF Attn: Fiscal
         P.O. Box 40970
         Olympia, WA 98504-0970
  • This fee is not applicable to ICPC requests for a Washington dependent child.  Requesting ICPC state must provide the WA DCYF case number and email the completed form to CANhistorychecks@dcyf.wa.gov.

For questions, call 206-341-7938.

CA/N Founded Findings Requests within Washington State

DCYF 23-032 form is to be used only for requestors seeking CA/N information for current Washington State residents for the purpose of foster home licensing, adoption, employment, volunteering or interning in settings requiring child abuse and neglect history checks. 

  • Forms must be typed, not handwritten, and signed by both requestor and subject of the search. Any handwritten or incomplete forms will be returned for correction.
  • Complete one form for each individual for whom a child abuse/neglect findings request is being requested.
  • Email to CANhistorychecks@dcyf.wa.gov or
  • Fax completed requests to 1-206-341-7930 or
  • Mail completed requests to: 
         DCYF Attn: CA/N History Checks
         500 First Avenue South, Suite 501
         Seattle, WA 98104-9968

For questions, call 206-341-7938.

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