Resource parents can authorize routine medical care for children in their care by presenting their copy of the Placement Agreement for Out-of-Home Care. As a resource parent, you are authorized to provide both legal and informed consent for the child to receive routine child health services such as child health checkup, immunizations, and treatment for minor illness.
You are also authorized to provide consent for school officials to administer prescription or non-prescription medicine to the child as needed. Advise the DHS child welfare specialist of all medical services and medications for which you have provided consent.
Resource parents are not authorized to sign surgery consent forms or consent for psychotropic medications, when a request for written consent is made. Only the child’s parents, designated DHS staff, or a judge may sign surgery consent forms or consent for administration of psychotropic medication when a request for written consent is made. You should advise the child’s child welfare specialist immediately when the need for surgery arises or when requests for written consent for psychotropic medications is made.
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