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Consent of Treatment of Child by Non-Parent or Child

The following persons may consent to medical, dental, psychological, and surgical treatment of a child when the person having the right to consent as otherwise provided by law cannot be contacted and that person has not given actual notice to the contrary:

  1. a grandparent of the child;
  2. an adult brother or sister of the child;
  3. an adult aunt or uncle of the child;
  4. an educational institution in which the child is enrolled that has received written authorization to consent from a person having the right to consent;
  5. an adult who has actual care, control, and possession of the child and has written authorization to consent from a person having the right to consent;
  6. a court having jurisdiction over a suit affecting the parent-child relationship of which the child is the subject;
  7. an adult responsible for the actual care, control, and possession of a child under the jurisdiction of a juvenile court or committed by a juvenile court to the care of an agency of the state or county; or
  8. a peace officer who has lawfully taken custody of a minor, if the peace officer has reasonable grounds to believe the minor is in need of immediate medical treatment.

Consent to medical must be in writing, signed by the person giving consent, and given to the doctor, hospital, or other medical facility that administers the treatment.  The consent must include the name of the child; the name of one or both parents, if known, and the name of any managing conservator or guardian of the child; the name of the person giving consent and the person’s relationship to the child; a statement of the nature of the medical treatment to be given; and the date the treatment is to begin.