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Parents & Caregivers

What Is Health Care Transition?


Health care transition, or HCT, is the process of getting your youth ready for health care as an adult.

During childhood, you usually help with health and health care needs—calling to set up appointments, filling out forms, and keeping track of medications. As your youth gets older, managing those needs becomes their own responsibility. Achieving this independence requires an organized transition process for them to gain independent health care skills, prepare for an adult model of care, and transfer to new clinicians.

See below for tools, resources, and Frequently Asked Questions to help guide your child's transition to adult-centered health care.

Is Your Youth Ready to Transition to Adult Care?

Transitioning to adult health care is a big step for your youth or young adult. Like going to college, getting a job, or going to live on their own, health care transition takes preparation and self-advocacy.

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Health Care Transition FAQ

Got Transition offers answers and helpful resources for Frequently Asked Questions you may have about your child's transition to adult health care.

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