Transition to Adulthood
The transition from childhood to adulthood is both an exciting and a scary time. When your child has special health care needs, it can be even more complicated. Transitioning your child from pediatric care to an adult-oriented system can seem overwhelming at first, but there are some excellent resources out there to help you. The following link contains useful information and tools to help make this a more positive experience for both you and your child.
The Got/Transition/Center for Health Care Transition website, www.GotTransition.org, offers an abundance of information and resources for parents, youth and providers regarding the transition from pediatric to adult health care.
It is important to remember that once your son or daughter turns 18, he or she will be responsible for their own health care treatment and information. If your child wants your help in making health care decisions, or is unable to make decisions for themselves, there are options available to you. These can range from your son or daughter giving you written permission at the doctor’s office or insurance company, to petitioning the court for guardianship or power of attorney. Make sure you don’t wait for a medical emergency to plan for these changes! Take time to determine what is best for your family before your child turns 18.