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July 2012Vol. 13, No. 6Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Q&A

The American Bar Association's Children and the Law, Education Law Center, and Juvenile Law Center, published a foster care and education factsheet about the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to guide information sharing among child welfare systems, schools, and the courts. FERPA provisions dictate which types of information can be shared, with whom, and how.

How Can Child Welfare Agencies Access Education Records in Compliance With the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)? answers the following questions:

  1. Why is sharing information between child welfare, education agencies, and the courts important?
  2. What is the impact of FERPA on information sharing?
  3. Can a school release education records to comply with a court order?
  4. Is there any child-specific information that schools can release without parental consent?
  5. Are there other FERPA exceptions that can help child welfare education systems share personally identifiable (PII) student information for statistical purposes, and how do recent changes to the FERPA regulations impact data sharing?
  6. Where can I learn more about this topic and other topics that relate to education for children in care?

The factsheet is available on the American Bar Association's website: (49 KB)

More information about the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education is available here: