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7.2  TITLE IV-B, Confidentiality

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Question 1.  
What are the title IV-B confidentiality requirements?
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Question 2.  
Who can release information? In particular, can parties other than the State title IV-B agency (such as the court) release information?
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Question 3.  
Do the title IV-E confidentiality requirements apply to court records of children served by the title IV-B agency?
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Question 4.  
Is any information contained in the child welfare record protected from redisclosure by a court in accordance with title IV-B confidentiality requirements?
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Question 5.  
Will States compromise compliance with title IV-B of the Social Security Act if they comply with the confidentiality requirements in sections 106 (b)(2)(B)(viii), (ix), and (x) of CAPTA?
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Question 6.  
Some States have enacted laws that allow open courts for juvenile protection proceedings, including child in need of protection or services hearings, termination of parental rights hearings, long-term foster care hearings and in courts where dependency petitions are heard. Questions have arisen about whether courts that are open to the public and allow a verbal exchange of confidential information meet the confidentiality requirements under title IV-B. Do the confidentiality provisions for title IV-B restrict the information that can be discussed in open court?
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