Idaho uses registry to guard against child abuse - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Idaho uses registry to guard against child abuse

BOISE, Idaho. - The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare lists more than 10,000 Idaho residents on a special list it uses during criminal background checks on people wanting to work with children.

Health and Welfare spokesman Tom Shanahan says the Child Protection Central Registry is used to prevent those on the list from becoming childcare workers, foster parents or adoptive parents.

The registry lists those who were found to have engaged in some form of child abuse, ranging from neglect to serious crimes.

Shanahan says the list is an important tool for protecting children.

The registry became law in 1997. Adults who were found to have engaged in child abuse before that date were retroactively added to the list.

The registry is not public information.

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