Care for Patients Under 18

For most medical care and all dental appointments, patients under 18 years of age need a parent or legal guardian with them at their appointment to consent to care. We require written or verbal permission for the child to be seen without their legal guardian present, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Washington State law allows people under age 18 to give consent for certain types of care. Diagnostic and treatment information for these types of care will be kept in strict confidence. We will not share this information without the patient’s permission.

  • Age 14 and older may seek care for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
  • Age 13 and older may seek care for outpatient drug and alcohol treatment services.
  • Age 13 and older may seek care for mental health treatment.
  • Any age may give consent for birth control and reproductive care.

Unity Care NW providers encourage young people to talk to their parents or guardians about their health.

A Note to Parents

We will do everything possible to help your child have a positive experience during their visit. You can help too. Tell your child good things about coming to our health center and taking care of their health. If your child is fearful, it will make it more challenging for both you and your care team to meet your child’s health care needs. Help us get your children off to a good start so they can enjoy a lifetime of good health.