Keeping Care Confidential

Pregnant and Parenting Teens
3. Your Right To Pregnancy-Related Care And Abortions


Keeping Care Confidential

Most teens in foster care receive medical services through agency health providers. When you receive sexual health care through your agency doctor or provide sexual health information to your foster care agency, the agency is supposed to keep that information confidential, meaning that they cannot share it with anyone unless you give written permission. This means that if you find out you are pregnant, your doctor is not supposed to share this information with anyone (including your caseworker, your parent, or your foster parent) without your written permission, even if the doctor works for your foster care agency.

However, you should know that when you see an agency provider or provide sexual health information to your agency doctor, information about your care may in fact be shared with caseworkers, agency staff, prospective foster parents, and certain other people even though it should be kept private. If you suspect that you're pregnant and you want to decide whether and when your agency or caregivers learn about it, it is a good idea to get your Medicaid number and seek care from a provider not affiliated with your agency. If you have problems doing this, speak with your attorney.