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Permission Forms for Stepfamilies



Because biological parents and stepparents don't have the same legal ties to children, special permissions are necessary for stepparents to, for example, give medical consent for a child to be examined by a doctor, take children on overnight trips away from home, and pick up school records. 

Permission Forms: click to view/print each form (in PDF format). 

We appreciate Dr. Margorie Engel, Expert Council, National Stepfamily Resource Center, for sharing these forms with Smart Stepfamilies.  Used with permission.


  1. Stepparent Medical Permission - gives permission to stepparents to make medical decisions when necessary for a stepchild.

  2. Grandparent Medical Permission - gives permission for a grandparent to make medical decisions when necessary for a stepgrandchild.

  3. Caretaker Medical Permission - gives permission for a responsible adult (e.g., stepparent's brother or aunt) to make medical decisions when necessary for a stepchild.

  4. Travel Permission - gives a stepparent permission to travel with stepchildren (acknowledges the biological parent's awareness of the travel).

  5. School Duplicate Information - gives schools permission to share information about a child with both households, including parents and stepparents.



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#6: by Ron Deal on 10.12.2015 @ 11:32am CDT


You'll have to ask an attorney in your state (each state law is potentially different).
#5: by Lisa on 10.08.2015 @ 06:29am CDT

Can a stepmom travel with stepdaughter to Canada with only one biological parent's consent? The biological parents share custody and rights 50/50. The other parent has been made aware but hasn't been helpful in providing documentation. Thanks in advance.
#4: by Ron Deal on 06.01.2015 @ 12:04pm CDT


I am not an attorney so this is not legal advice, but I really doubt it. Often stepparents can't take a stepchild across state lines without parental permission so entering another country is not a good idea without proper paperwork. You'll need to consult an attorney on the details.
#3: by Richard White on 05.23.2015 @ 10:35pm CDT

I and my daughter are American citizens. She is 14. My wife is A Canadian citizen, but has a permanent resident green card to the USA. Can my wife take my daughter / her stepdaughter to Canada to visit her family for 4 days alone without either biological parent? If so what do we need? My daughter already has a passport.
#2: by Ron Deal on 06.04.2014 @ 01:47pm CDT

Shelbey, it's best if both sign (if challenged this shows that both bio parents gave consent). If you can't get the other parent to sign, at least get the bio parent in your home to sign.
#1: by shelbey on 05.27.2014 @ 03:53pm CDT

on the stepparent medical permission do both biological parents have to sign? or can just one biological parent sign?

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