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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?

Question 2.  
Who can release information? In particular, can parties other than the title IV-E agency (such as the court) release information?

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?

Question 4.  
Under what authority may the Department review closed or sealed foster care records, particularly for those children who have been adopted?

Question 5.  
What are the title IV-E confidentiality requirements?

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?

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?

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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