Child Protective Services Information Managment-Instructions on Getting Information in Your File

Here is the information you as parents need in order to get the information that is in your file. If you are told you can’t get it show them this. They will of course redacte what they don’t want you to see. However, get what you can.

Release of Information When Parent/Guardian is Alleged Maltreater
If the parent/guardian requesting the information is the alleged maltreater, additional decisions are required prior to allowing access to case files.

• First determine if the release of information will put the child at risk of harm. If risk will likely occur to the child, information should not be released.

• If the child will not be placed at risk, contact the District Attorney or local law enforcement to determine if criminal action is likely to be brought against the parent. Case material is not released if law enforcement officials believe that the criminal case will be placed in jeopardy.

Release of information when the alleged abuse occurs in a third party setting
Information may be shared with parents when their child was abused in a third party setting: e.g. a school, child care center or residential facility.

Parents may request information if their child is interviewed, as part of an investigation being conducted in such a setting, even if their child was not abused. In this case, information that an investigation is occurring may be released, and non-identifying information concerning the outcome of the investigation after it is completed may be shared.

Instructions for releasing information
Follow these steps when releasing information to a parent/guardian:

• Provide copies of the following at no charge:
 Form Safety Plan
 Case Review Forms/Summaries
 Service Plan, Goals and Objectives
 Service Agreements
 Court petitions and orders

• Provide any other releasable material at a cost of no more than 25 cents a single side and/or duplex page. Advise the parent in advance of the cost of items that are not free and that payment for material is made upon receipt. Payment may be requested in advance of copying. Establish procedures within county departments to assure accountability for any funds collected;

• Edit information provided to the parent. Obliterate any information not releasable. Accompany expunged portions by a statement informing the parent of the type of report or information being withheld and why;

• Provide releasable material to the parent within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the oral or written request;

• If the parent originally or later requests to see/review information which the county department cannot release, give the parent a list of primary sources and a general statement of the type of information being withheld. Complete the “Non-Objection to Subsequent Release of Information by Primary Source” Form and give this to the parent/guardian (See Section X, Forms); and,

• Information in the case file on a spouse or other adult family member will only be released with a written authorization signed by the person that the requested information concerns.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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