The Vermont Adult and Child Abuse Registry automated system was provided by the Agency of Human Service in response to legislation to improve Vermont’s Sexual Abuse Response System. Organizations can use this system to submit background registry checks against Vermont's Adult Abuse and Child Protection Registries. This electronic system does not include Vermont Criminal Investigation Center, Department of Motor Vehicle, or any other background checks outside of the VT Adult and Child Abuse Registries.
On or before January 15 of each year until January 15, 2018, the Secretary of the Agency of Human Services shall submit a report on APS to the House and Senate Committees on Judiciary, the House Committee on Human Services, and the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. This report is required by Act 79 (2005), Sec. 12, as amended by Act 46, (2013), Sec. 3. In addition, Act 46 requires quarterly reports be submitted by the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL) to the Legislature up until July 1, 2015. Thereafter, APS prepares quarterly reports less regularly.
Vermont’s Adult Protective Services (APS) program is the primary unit of state government responsible for investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults under Title 33 of Vermont Statutes. APS is a program within the Division of Licensing and Protection (DLP), with the Assistant Director for Adult Protective Services reporting to the DLP Director. DLP also houses Survey and Certification (S&C).
Make a report to APS if you believe a vulnerable adult was abused, neglected, or exploited by an alleged perpetrator. You should make a report if you feel that a vulnerable adult has been harmed because of actions (or inaction) taken by a specific person or persons other than themselves. In most cases, this requires an alleged perpetrator to either intentionally or recklessly harm the vulnerable adult. Vermont Law establishes who are vulnerable adults and what constitutes abuse, neglect and exploitation.