Code of the District of Columbia

§ 4–1301.06b. Obtaining records.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon the Agency’s request, a person who is required to report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect under § 4-1321.02 shall immediately provide the Agency copies of all records in the possession of the person or the person’s employees of:

(1) A child who is the subject of an investigation of child abuse or neglect; provided, that the records bear directly on the allegations of abuse or neglect being investigated; and

(2) Any other child residing in the household where the abuse or neglect is alleged to have occurred when the Agency has a reasonable suspicion that the child’s health, safety, or welfare is at risk; provided, that the records bear directly on the basis of the Agency’s suspicion.

(b) The Agency shall request the records as needed for its investigation under this part.

(c) The Agency shall not be charged a fee for the records.

(d) If the Agency determines that the report of abuse or neglect is an unfounded report or an inconclusive report, as defined in § 4-1301.02, the Agency shall immediately destroy all copies of any records it has received under this section.


(Sept. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 2-22, title I, § 106b; as added July 18, 2008, D.C. Law 17-198, § 2, 55 DCR 6283; Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 240(a), 56 DCR 1117.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-353 validated a previously made technical correction in subsec. (b).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2 of Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation Record Access Emergency Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-487, October 18, 2006, 53 DCR 8673).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation Record Access Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-670, December 28, 2006, 54 DCR 1150).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2 of Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation Record Access Emergency Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-166, October 19, 2007, 54 DCR 10972).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2 of Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation Record Access Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-246, January 23, 2008, 55 DCR 1249).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition, see § 2 of Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation Record Access Temporary Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Law 16-213, March 6, 2007, law notification 54 DCR 2764).

For temporary (225 day) addition, see § 2 of Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation Record Access Temporary Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Law 17-93, January 29, 2008, law notification 55 DCR 3400).