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8.4E  TITLE IV-E, General Title IV-E Requirements, Confidentiality

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Question 1.  
Under title IV-E, what information can be released? In particular, what information is child welfare information when a child is placed as a result of a juvenile offense?
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Question 2.  
Who can release information? In particular, can parties other than the title IV-E agency (such as the court) release information?
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Question 3.  
Is any information contained in the child welfare record protected from redisclosure by a court in accordance with title IV-E confidentiality requirements?
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Question 4.  
Under what authority may the Department review closed or sealed foster care records, particularly for those children who have been adopted?
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Question 5.  
What are the title IV-E confidentiality requirements?
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Question 6.  
Will States compromise compliance with title IV-E 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 7.  
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-E. Do the confidentiality provisions in title IV-E restrict the information that can be discussed in open court?
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Question 8.  
Is it permissible under title IV-B or IV-E of the Social Security Act (the Act) for the title IV-E agency to disclose to the public information contained in a title IV-B/IV-E agency's records regarding a deceased foster child?
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