Confidentiality

Pregnant and Parenting Teens
2. Your right to sexual health care


Confidentiality

By law, your doctor is never allowed to give your information to your caseworker unless you have given permission. This rule applies whether you see an agency doctor or a doctor outside your agency. Sometimes, however, doctors and nurses working for your agency do share confidential information without the required permission from you. If you think your doctor shared your medical information without your permission, call your attorney.

If you decide to share your health information with your caseworker, keep in mind that foster care agencies are required to keep your reproductive health information confidential, meaning they cannot share it with anyone without your written permission.

The one exception to this rule is HIV/AIDS information. If the agency receives HIV/AIDS-related information about you, the law requires the agency to disclose it to your foster parents, prospective adoptive parents, another foster care agency if you are transferred to that agency, and your attorney.