The intakes are usually done by the director and/or therapist that will be assigned to the child. They can also involve the rest of the clinical team though. So yes, they should know all the legalities. Where I worked, all residential staff had access to the resident's big file if they wanted to go read specific details. Most didn't due to time constraints (most of these files were very thick) or not wanting or needing to know all the gritty, very specific details of what the client experienced. It is one thing to know our kids were abused but a completely different thing to read all the specifics. Most of the info is irrelevant to a residential staff since we don't do therapy, creat treatment plans, deter progress and such. Residential staff did get a summary with condensed but all the relevant info when a child was admitted. That was usually all the info we needed. Each resident has approved contacts, a form with contact info, family history, etc that is mandatory for staff to read so that is why I said it would likely be brought up. Most of kids in treatment facilities do have complicated histories but those histories often play into the client's issues and behaviors. If Serenity brought DG up in therapy, the therapist would likely do research as to who that was if they didn't know. I can't imagine DG being absent from Serenity's life not being brought up in therapy by Serenity. I know many cases where the therapist or the child's worker researched to find who their clients were talking about if the didn't know. Especially, if they thought it might be beneficial for the child to have contact with that person. Where I worked (similar type treatment program), residential staff would tell the therapist or ask info about people not on their contact lists if a resident kept brought them up. Many of these kids share a lot about their lives so even if she just said she missed DG, that would be something staff pointed out to her therapist and especially if Serenity was struggling with it. We sent notes all the time to therapists about that type of stuff. Staff is there to help the clients with daily life skills and all of that but we weren't the resident's therapists so while we would help the kids work through issues, we would also follow the therapist's guidelines on those types of issues. I probably should have explained better.