Ober: Child abuse database now available

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, June 8, 2017

STATEHOUSE (June 8, 2017) — The online Child Abuse Registry is available to Indiana’s parents and guardians, according to State Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion).

The website was created in partnership with the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Supreme Court. In 2016, a law was passed to establish a tool for parents to research potential child care providers. The registry provides access to information on criminal cases resulting from child abuse and neglect charges.

“The website will give parents a way to research the people that they are leaving their children in care of,” Ober said. “Parents and guardians can search the site for the daycare provider’s name to make sure he or she has not had any prior convictions relating to children.”

Ober said this legislation was introduced after Kirk Coleman of Elkhart County, a 19-month-old child died under the care of his daycare provider who had a previous conviction of child neglect. The registry aims to prevent another family from experiencing this kind of tragedy. 

The new tool is available with other online services provided by the judicial branch at public.courts.in.gov. It is a good companion to the Family and Social Services Administration’s innovative Child Care Finder website, which allows parents to search for licensed child care in their area.

Search the Child Abuse Registry by going to public.courts.in.gov/CAR#/.


State Rep. Dave Ober represents all of Noble County and portions

of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties. 

A high-resolution photo of Ober can be downloaded by clicking here.