The clothes and toiletries and room decorations are packed, but does that mean you are ready to send your child to college?  Maybe not.  a  little bit of planning now can save a lot of heartache later.  Due to the current privacy rules, unless your child has signed a HIPPA-compliant release, you will not be able to get information about your child’s medical condition in the event that he or she is not in a position to consent.  The fact that you have legal custody means nothing in tis situation. There are other documents that you may wish to have prepared and signed by your child before the big drop off. For a more comprehensive discussion written in plain language, go to: