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Special Considerations with Minors

Special considerations may exist regarding the treatment of a minor. In cases where the minor has been left in temporary care of another, the minor may only be treated if written authorization was provided by the custodial parent or in emergency. If the minor is in the legal custody of Social Services, then the consent of the parent is not valid and only a legally authorized person for Social Services may consent to the child's medical care.

A non-custodial parent may not consent for the minor and care may be provided without the custodial parent's consent only in emergency. When two custodial parents exist and disagree on treatment, only one parent's consent is required. In this case, though, consideration should be given to obtaining a court order prior to proceeding with care.


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