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2.1A.1  CAPTA, Assurances and Requirements, Access to Child Abuse and Neglect Information, Confidentiality

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Question 1.  
What are the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) confidentiality requirements?
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Question 2.  
Would legislation that protects the identity of the reporter, but would otherwise open child abuse and neglect reports and records to the public, meet the confidentiality provisions in section 106 (b)(2)(B)(viii) of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)?
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Question 3.  
Do States have the authority to release otherwise confidential child abuse and neglect information to researchers for the purpose of child abuse and neglect research?
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Question 4.  
The confidentiality provision at section 106(b)(2)(B)(viii) of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requires that States have a State law or operate a statewide program that includes methods to preserve the confidentiality of all child abuse and neglect records and reports and provides for exceptions in certain circumstances. The statutory language states that such records "shall only be made available to" a specified list of persons and entities. Are States required to disclose child abuse and neglect records to the persons and entities enumerated in subsections (I)-(VI) under section (viii)?
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Question 5.  
Is there a prohibition against redisclosure of confidential child abuse and neglect information?
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Question 6.  
Will States compromise compliance with titles IV-B and 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.  
Do the confidentiality requirements in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act apply to the members of citizen review panels?
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Question 8.  
Is it permissible under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) for the State to disclose to the public information in the child abuse and neglect record that does not pertain to the case of child abuse and neglect that results in a child fatality or near fatality?
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