Guidelines for the Release of Children’s Records

The purpose of these guidelines are to provide guidance on the release of child records which was enacted into law July 1, 2009. Section 39.00145, F.S. prescribes the process for releasing case records of children. Key components of the legislation include:

• maintenance of complete and accurate records
• minimum standards for record content
• individuals authorized to request and receive the record
• provision of record at no cost to certain individuals
• exemptions for releasing specific information

The law is specifically intended to be responsive to children currently in, or formerly in the Department’s care and their need to explore and maintain connections with their past. It is anticipated that these guidelines will assist the Department, Community-Based Care Lead Agencies, and provider staff in achieving that outcome.

Guidelines for the Release of Children’s Records

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Alexia Nechayev

FYS Events & Meeting Chair
(Palm Beach)

Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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