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Article 31.

Disclosure of JuvenileInformation.

§ 7B‑3100.  Disclosureof information about juveniles.

(a)        The Department,after consultation with the Conference of Chief District Court Judges, shalladopt rules designating certain local agencies that are authorized to shareinformation concerning juveniles in accordance with the provisions of thissection. Agencies so designated shall share with one another, upon request andto the extent permitted by federal law and regulations, information that is intheir possession that is relevant to any assessment of a report of child abuse,neglect, or dependency or the provision or arrangement of protective servicesin a child abuse, neglect, or dependency case by a local department of socialservices pursuant to the authority granted under Chapter 7B of the GeneralStatutes or to any case in which a petition is filed alleging that a juvenileis abused, neglected, dependent, undisciplined, or delinquent and shallcontinue to do so until the protective services case is closed by the localdepartment of social services, or if a petition is filed when the juvenile isno longer subject to the jurisdiction of juvenile court. Agencies that may bedesignated as "agencies authorized to share information" include localmental health facilities, local health departments, local departments of socialservices, local law enforcement agencies, local school administrative units,the district's district attorney's office, the Department of Juvenile Justiceand Delinquency Prevention, and the Office of Guardian ad Litem Services of theAdministrative Office of the Courts, and, pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 7B‑3000(e1),the Division of Community Corrections of the Department of Correction. Anyinformation shared among agencies pursuant to this section shall remainconfidential, shall be withheld from public inspection, and shall be used onlyfor the protection of the juvenile and others or to improve the educationalopportunities of the juvenile, and shall be released in accordance with theprovisions of the Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act as set forth in 20U.S.C. § 1232g. Nothing in this section or any other provision of law shallpreclude any other necessary sharing of information among agencies. Nothingherein shall be deemed to require the disclosure or release of any informationin the possession of a district attorney.

(b)        Disclosure ofinformation concerning any juvenile under investigation or alleged to be withinthe jurisdiction of the court that would reveal the identity of that juvenileis prohibited except that publication of pictures of runaways is permitted withthe permission of the parents and except as provided in G.S. 7B‑3102.  (1979, c. 815, s. 1; 1987,c. 297; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 7, s. 1; 1995, c. 462, s. 4; c. 509, s. 5; 1997‑459,s. 2; 1998‑202, s. 6; 2000‑137, s. 3; 2006‑205, s. 2; 2007‑458,s. 4; 2009‑372, s. 3.)