As parents, you may have specific questions about the organ and tissue donation process which you prefer to address outside of a family discussion.
90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor. The need for organ and tissue donation and transplantation in America affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Many schools incorporate donor awareness into their school curricula as a current topic of interest. In addition, Texas law requires driver’s education classes to address the topic of organ and tissue donation. This way, drivers have been given an opportunity to consider organ donation before the question is posed to them at the DPS or DMV.
The key to solving the nation’s organ and tissue shortage is to encourage awareness and discussion regarding the issue of organ and tissue donation. By providing youth with accurate facts early, they will be prepared to make an informed decision and have an opportunity to discuss their thoughts with family members.
There is no age requirement to register to be an organ donor. However, until your child is a legal adult, your consent is required. Young people are still encouraged to register because families tend to agree to donation if their loved one took the time to commit their name to the registry. It is important to share how you feel about organ donation with your family.