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Regardless of your role in a child's case, it is almost always a benefit to have the most amount of information possible to fulfill your duties toward the child. Sharing information may help to provide much-needed services to the child and/or family and enhance case planning.

Given the concerns for confidentiality and privacy, it might not always be possible to obtain all of the information that you would like to have. Parents may be apprehensive that signing a release form will subject them and the family to unwanted intrusion into their lives or make them vulnerable to further harm. Parties may also have opposing views on who should have access to information and when they should be able to present that information to the court.

The Connecticut and federals laws that require that records be kept confidential do, in fact, permit and provide for the exchange of information between agencies more often than is generally understood. Knowing the circumstances under which the law allows information to be disclosed is a necessary first step, but just as important is an understanding of how the preservation of a family’s privacy interests also furthers the important goal of promoting family integrity.

The checklists included here can guide you in considering all interests when you seek information or are asked to disclose information. They are only examples and are not intended to provide legal advice. The benefits of information sharing must be carefully weighed against the legal interests of the parties involved on a case-by-case basis.


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