CLARIFYING WHEN, TO WHOM, AND UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES THE IDENTITY OF A PERSON REPORTING CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT MAY BE RELEASED; AND CLARIFYING WHAT INFORMATION THE DIVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN IN THE FOSTER CARE REGISTRY AND UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES INFORMATION IN THE REGISTRY MAY BE WITHHELD.
Amends GS 7B-302(a1) to require a department of social services to disclose confidential information about the identity of an individual reporting child abuse, neglect, or dependency to any federal, state, or local government entity or its agent with a court order. Provides that the information may be disclosed to the same entities without a court order if the entity demonstrates a need for the reporter’s name in order for the entity to carry out its mandated responsibilities.
Amends GS 131D-10.6C to require the Division of Social Services (Division) to keep a register of all licensed family foster and therapeutic foster homes (was, applicable to applicants only). Amends the information that the register must include to remove including any other information deemed necessary by the Division and includes conforming changes. Allows the Division to withhold specific information about a foster parent to the extent that the release of the information would likely pose a threat to the health or safety of the foster parent or child. Allows a person who is denied access to information to seek a court order compelling disclosure or copying.
Effective October 1, 2011.
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