Consent - California Tools and Resources #TeenHealthLaw

In most cases, parents must consent to health care on behalf of their minor children.  However, there are situations in which minors must or may consent for their own care and opportunities in which other adults may consent to care on the minors’ behalf. The tools and publications on NCYL's hub for consent and confidentiality laws, TeenHealthLaw.org,  summarize the rights of minors and third parties to consent to a minor’s health care in California.

Visit TeenHealthLaw.org for the most recent versions of:


  •  Minor Consent and Confidentiality Laws
  •  Minor Consent and Confidentiality Laws
  • California’s Minor Consent Mental Health Laws: A Side by Side Comparison
  • California’s Minor Consent Substance Use Disorder Treatment Law: Frequently Asked Questions about Family Code 6929
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Foster Youth: Minor Consent Law in California
  • Consent to Treatment for Youth in Juvenile Justice – By Custody and Placement
  • Consent to Treatment For Foster Youth – By Custody And Placement


  • California Caregiver Affidavit
  • Sample Consent Forms for School Based Health Programs


  • Frequently Asked Questions: Using the California Caregiver Affidavit as a Non-Relative or Relative “Sponsor” of Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth
  • Minor Consent, Confidentiality, and Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse in California
  • Understanding Confidentiality and Minor Consent in California
  • Consent to Medical Treatment for Foster Youth
  • Consent to Treatment for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System


  •  PrEP and PEP for Minors: FAQs about Consent, Access, and Confidentiality in California
  • Consent to Medical Treatment for Foster Children: California Law
  • A Minor’s Right to Abortion in California
  • The Federal Title X Family Planning Program: Privacy and Access Rules for Adolescents