If you are indicated, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will keep your name in a database called the State Central Register (SCR). Your name can stay in this database 5, 20, or 50 years depending on the allegation.
Some unfounded reports may be kept by DCFS for only 3 years. But they are not listed on the SCR and are not reportable to anyone outside of DCFS. No indicated finding will be kept for less than 5 years.
The SCR can’t be seen by the public. However, if you apply for a job working with children or working with adults with mental disabilities, an employer can see any information from the SCR that relates to you. If you are in the SCR, you may not be able to get a job in these fields. If you already have a job in one of these areas, you may get fired after your name is reported in the SCR.
Updated: October 2017