Transition to adult care

Introduction to transition

Transition is a process of moving from pediatric health care to adult health care. This transition often presents new challenges for youth with chronic illness or special needs and their families. Youth need to learn, practice and become confident in the skills they need to manage their own health. Families need to learn about the adult services that will help support their teen in the adult world.

Tools for transitioning to adult care

Decision making

Around the age of 13 you gain rights to consent for certain kind of medical care as well as confidentiality expectations. By the age of 18 you legally become responsible for your health care.

Learn more about decision making

Transition planning

Some of the issues you or your family may need to address as part of the transition plan include self-management of medical conditions, medications and equipment/supplies. Also financial planning, decision-making, services and education are among other important aspects in planning your transition to adult care.

Learn more about planning


How well do you understand the plan of care? It's imperative to understand your medications, how to plan appointments, and verifying you have all of the necessary equipment, supplies and resources as you cross into adult-hood.

Self-management tools

Healthcare provider

It is important that you choose a primary care doctor and specialty providers that you trust and feel comfortable with.

Finding a provider

Health coverage

It is important to always have health insurance to help pay for your healthcare needs. 

Health insurance resources

Education and employment

The following tools and guidance can be used to better prepare yourself, or your child for transitioning to adult care.

Education, employment, and training

Mental health

Mental health can have a serious impact on physical health and the progression of a child into adulthood.

Mental health resources

Complex care

Parenting and raising a child/youth with complex health care needs, who also may have intellectual and developmental disabilities can be challenging. 

Learn more about complex care

For more information call:

1-(800) 234-5434 
or (414) 266-6333


Transition to adult care teaching sheets