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A report assessing child custody and visitation rights shall include (1) a summary of a written report from any therapist treating the child for suspected child sexual abuse, reports from other professionals, and the results of any forensic medical examination and any other medical examination or treatment that could help establish or disprove whether the child has been the victim of sexual abuse, (2) any information regarding the presence of domestic violence or substance abuse in the family that has been obtained from medical personnel or records, prior or currently treating therapists, or from interviews conducted or reviewed for this evaluation.

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In any contested proceeding involving child custody or visitation rights, the court- appointed child custody evaluator shall file a written confidential report on his or her child custody evaluation, which may include health information.

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In making a determination of the best interest of the child the court shall consider the health, safety, and welfare of the child and any history of abuse by one parent or any other person seeking custody against any child. Under any allegations of abuse, the court may require written reports by law enforcement agencies, child protective services, courts, medical facilities, or other public agencies providing services to victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.

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It is in the child's best interest that the birth parents keep the department informed of any health problems that the parent develops that could affect the child and keep an address current with the department in order to permit a response to inquiries concerning medical or social history. Section 9203 of the Family Code authorizes a person who has been adopted and who attains the age of 21 years to request the department to disclose the name and address of the adoptee's birth parents.

Keywords:
child, adoption
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(c) In the case of tribal customary adoption, an evaluation of the prospective adoptive parents shall be conducted, including an evaluation of their biological, psychological, and health information. An adoption agency may not place a child for tribal customary adoption unless a written report on the medical and psychological background of the child and, if available, the medical background on the child's biological parents, has been supplied to the parents.

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All files maintained by a public entity in reference to the administration of the child and spousal support enforcement program shall be confidential. Under certain conditions, disclosure of the information may be permitted, including disclosures to law enforcement, as well as the parent to whom the information pertains.

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Integrated Children's Services Programs shall use children's multidisciplinary services teams. Team members may not share information when acting as a separate agency or entity. The program is permitted to establish a unified services record for a child and family including records of prior services released to the program and records of services provided under the program.

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(g): Team members may view relevant parts of the unified program records and may disclose to other team members relevant information and may view records on a seriously emotionally disturbed and special needs child and family as required to formulate an integrated services plan or to deliver services. (j): Such sharing of information must be governed by memoranda specifying the types of information that may be shared without a signed release form and the process to be used to ensure confidentiality requirements are met.

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When authorities are alerted of allegations of child abuse, they may have the child undergo a physical examination. The department shall provide the results of the examination to the court and the counsel of the child and parent. The local welfare agency must request additional examinations of the child to determine abuse/neglect by the same examiner if possible. If not, the agency must ensure that the child's future medical practitioner has specialized abuse detection training and that the practitioner have access to the child's medical records that include incidents of abuse.

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Whenever a court orders a hearing terminating parental rights or establishing guardianship of children adjudged dependent children of court, the court shall direct the agency supervising the child and the licensed county adoption agency or the State Department of Social Services to prepare an assessment that includes an evaluation of the child's medical, developmental, scholastic, mental, and emotional status.

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