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Social workers and others involved within the professional team are required by law to keep certain information private to protect the families and children with whom they serve. Some agencies will require foster parents and other team members to sign a confidentiality policy that states that while they are a part of the case and privy to certain information, they are required to keep information confidential.

For example, your neighbor does not need to know about a foster child's medical history or whether the child's birth parent is completing court orders. If a foster parent was to share this information, that foster parent would be breaking case confidentiality.

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