Additional information for out of state child welfare agencies requesting information related to ongoing investigations/assessments in their state

All Out of State Child Welfare Agency request regarding information related to an ongoing assessment or investigation within their own state beginning 8:00 am, EST, Monday, June 4, 2018 must be submitted through the CPI/CPS Electronic Portal only. 

DCS COBCU will discontinue accepting request by e-mail, fax or other methods when the electronic portal is active. Note: Additional documentation may be required at the discretion of the Central Office Background Check Unit.

All out of state child welfare agencies MUST register as a new agency in the CPI/CPS Portal to begin this process if the state has not yet requested using the CPI/CPS Portal.  After the state has been added to the portal the first time, each worker may need to be added as a separate user for that agency.

Click here to register as a new Organization:  “CPI/CPS Portal Registration”

Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is unable to provide any criminal history information to an out-of-state child welfare agency as part of an ongoing investigation/ assessment, as Indiana DCS do not have the statutory authority to access this information.

DCS is also unable to complete Child Protective Service (CPS) History Checks for out-of-state child welfare agencies for individuals living within Indiana.

Indiana policy prohibits the completion of Criminal History Checks as well as CPS History Checks on those currently residing in Indiana when requested by an out-of-state child welfare agency as this may be in violation of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC).

For additional information, please see the link below for ICPC Regulation 2, Section 3a.

For additional guidance, please consult your state’s ICPC administrator.
If you have questions regarding this DCS Policy, you may contact the Indiana ICPC Department via e-mail at

To access the “CPI/CPS Portal” within the “DCS MaGIK Gateway” click here: “DCS MaGIK Gateway.”

"CPI/CPS Portal" FAQ's

If you require technical assistance with the CPI/CPS Portal, please e-mail or contact us by phone at 1-800-225-9173 between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm EST. Assistance is available Monday – Friday, except for State Holidays.