Many states have enacted educational consent and/or medical consent laws that allow kinship caregivers to enroll children in school and make other educational and health decisions on their behalf, with their parents’ consent and without having to obtain legal custody.
The table below provides an overview of states with educational consent laws, medical consent laws, or both. In many states, these laws are combined into one statute.
About This NCSL Project
The Denver-based child welfare project staff focuses on state policy, tracking legislation and providing research and policy analysis, consultation, and technical assistance specifically geared to the legislative audience. Denver staff can be reached at (303) 364-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCSL staff in Washington, D.C. track and analyze federal legislation and policy and represent state legislatures on child welfare issues before Congress and the Administration. Staff in D.C. can be reached at (202) 624-5400 or email@example.com.