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Video:How to Fill Out a Medical Release Form as a Single Parent

with Kaytie Sproul

Learn how to fill out a medical release form as a single parent so that you can accurately report the necessary information for your child. Here are tips for single parents for filling out a medical release form.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Fill Out a Medical Release Form as a Single Parent

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul here for About.com, and today we're going to talk about how to fill out a medical release form as a single parent. If you'll be apart from your children for any period of time, knowing that they'll receive prompt medical attention if needed is likely a high priority for you.

What You Will Need to Fill Out a Medical Release Form

Consider the following: Standard medical release forms can be found online and must be printed and filled out in their entirety. You will be asked to provide your name, address, and contact information. Additionally, you'll need to give in-depth details about your child's medical history, provide an emergency contact, list the names and contact information of your child's physician and dentist, and include information pertaining to medical insurance.

You Will Need to Get a Medical Release Form Notarized

The form will also include a statement of consent that will need to be signed in the presence of a notary public. Notarizing the document ensures the hospital or medical office treating your child that it is indeed your signature. Once notarized, keep the original document in your records and provide a copy to the temporary guardian of your child, your child's school, or whatever institution or individual will be in loco parentis.

Some States Require Both Parents to Sign the Medical Release Form

Just a tip: Depending on the state in which you live, if you share custody with your child's other parent, they will likely need to sign the medical release form as well. If your child is traveling with or without you to a foreign country, not only will both parents need to sign the medical release, but you'll also both need to provide signed letters of consent for your child to travel outside U.S. borders.

More Tips for Filling Out a Medical Release Form

While it may seem daunting, medical release forms for minors are readily available online and shouldn't take more than 20 minutes or so to fill out. Providing this document, signed and notarized, to the appropriate entities is the best way to ensure the health and safety of your children in the event of your absence.

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