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Common questions and answers about the Child Abuse Central Index
What is CACI
CACI is a data base that is maintained by the Department of Justice for the state of California. This data base contains a list of Individuals who have been found to have committed either physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental/emotional abuse, and/or severe neglect of a minor child.
How do people get placed on CACI
People are placed on CACI after an investigation has been conducted by the Police, Sheriff, County Welfare Agency or Probation Department followed by a finding that the alleged abuse and or neglect did take place.
What impact does being on CACI have on personal and professional life
The information in the Index is shared with designated social welfare and government agencies to help screen applicants for licensing or employment in child care facilities and foster homes, and to aid in background checks for other possible child placements, and adoptions. The index is confidential and its information is not available to the general public.
How long do people stay listed on CACI
Forever. The only way to be removed from CACI is when the reporting agency that placed you on CACI submits a request that you be removed.
How can a person get their name removed from CACI
If a person is placed on CACI, they have 30 days to request a grievance hearing in an attempt to have their name removed from the index. If more than 30 days have passed since the CACI listing, an individual requesting a hearing must qualify for one of exceptions to this rule. A person will not be granted a grievance hearing during the pendency of Court proceedings involving the underlying allegations that prompted the index listing. However, that does not extend the 30 day time limit to request the hearing.
What happens at a grievance hearing
CA Hearing Officer presides over the Grievance Hearing. The agency that placed you on CACI will summarize their investigative findings and legal basis for the index listing. The person who was on placed on CACI then has the opportunity to cross examine the reporting agency’s investigator along with any witnesses that testified at the hearing. The objecting party also has the right to make a statement, present evidence on their behalf and call their own witnesses. After the hearing is concluded, the hearing officer takes the matter under submission and issues a written decision 30-90 days after the hearing.
Can a grievance hearing decision be appealed
No, grievance hearings can not be appealed to a higher court. However, if the rules governing the grievance hearing process were not followed a party can file a writ of mandamus with the Superior Court requesting an order instructing the reporting agency and or hearing officer to follow the rules that were violated.
Should a person who learns they have been placed on CACI hire an attorney
The short answer is yes. A government attorney will be present at the hearing and will represent the investigating agency that placed you on the index. This government lawyer will prep the investigator for the grievance hearing and will question them at the hearing. You will be given the opportunity to question this person who concluded you committed the alleged abuse and are allowed to present exculpatory evidence on your behalf. An attorney representing your interests can question the investigator and present evidence and call witnesses on your behalf. If you decide to hire an attorney, make sure they have actual, not virtual, experience representing individuals at CACI hearings. Just ask.