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55 Pa. Code § 3490.104. Release of information to a subject of a report.

§ 3490.104. Release of information to a subject of a report.

 (a)  Upon written request to a county agency or ChildLine, a subject of a report may receive at any time a copy of the reports filed with the county agency and ChildLine. The identity of the person who made the report or a person who cooperated in a subsequent investigation may be released only under §  3490.94 (relating to release of the identity of a person who made a report of child abuse or cooperated in a subsequent investigation).

 (b)  Upon written request, a defendant in a criminal proceeding is entitled to the child abuse information in the possession of a county agency in accordance with applicable law. The information is limited to the county agency record from the date the report was made to the date the county agency determined the status of the report. The county agency shall send the requested information to the defendant and the district attorney. The information that is released to the defendant and the district attorney may not contain the identity of the persons who made the report or cooperated in the investigation.


   The provisions of this §  3490.104 adopted December 20, 1985, effective January 1, 1986, 15 Pa.B. 4547; amended July 2, 1999, effective July 3, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 3513. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (229424) to (229425).

Notes of Decisions

   Children in Foster Care

   A child placed in foster care, who alleges abuse while in care, has the right to access documents that pertain to the foster care stay; however, the child does not have an unlimited right to access the entire file. S. M. ex rel. R. M. v. Children & Youth Servs., 686 A.2d 872 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1996).

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  3490.193 (relating to other provisions).

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