A friend of mine recommended that I print out a medical release form for my son and give it to his father, since I'm the custodial parent. However, I'm not sure whether it's necessary. Shouldn't he already be able to give consent for medical treatment? Also, what are some other circumstances when we might we need a medical consent form?
Other Reasons to Have a Signed Medical Consent Form:
In addition, there are other situations where a medical release form could be used to ensure your child's medial treatment, even if you were unavailable to give consent over the phone or in person. For example:
- Whenever your child is in the car with another driver.
- When participating in school and/or camp field trips.
- On sleepovers, either with the other parent, or with friends or extended relatives.
- During overnight retreats or lock-ins with youth groups, schools, or other organizations.
- At sporting events where your child could become injured.
- On vacations, if your child is invited to travel with another family.
Tips for Using a Medical Release Form:
- If you share legal custody, make sure that you both sign the medical release form.
- Have the medical release form notarized.
- Do not sign the form until you have it notarized.
- Have several forms notarized at once, so that you can keep them available, as needed, in both residences.
Where to Find a Medical Release Form:
Visit Printable Medical Release Form For Parents, and be sure to print out both pages.