Family Law - Consent for Health Care
Except in unusual situations, minor children cannot receive health care without consent from a parent or someone standing in for the parent. A child's medical condition can deteriorate if the physician does not have contact with an appropriate adult to make important medical decisions. The law allows persons other than the parent to make decisions for the child, but legal intervention is often needed to establish authorization for a non-parent to make decisions regarding a child's medical care.
This PowerPoint presentation addresses the following questions:
- Who is a minor?
- Who is permitted to make medical decisions for a minor child?
- Who is not permitted to make medical decisions for a minor child?
- When can a minor consent to his or her own health care?
- How can a non-parent be empowered to make health care decisions for a minor?