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Introduction

You can't always be there to take care of your children. With a Power of Attorney for Child, you can give someone you trust the ability to make decisions in your absence. Help ensure your children get the care they need, no matter what happens, with a Power of Attorney for Child.

Use a Power of Attorney for Child if:

  • You are leaving your child(ren) in someone's care for an extended period of time.
  • You want a Power of Attorney for your minor child in place in the event you are unexpectedly unavailable to make decisions for your child(ren).

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This document is sometimes called a Power of Attorney for Minor Child


Other names for Power of Attorney for Child:

Power of Attorney for Child Care and Custody, POA for Child, Power of Attorney for a Minor, Medical Power of Attorney for Child

Medical Power of Attorney for Child document:

While this document can be used as a Medical Power of Attorney for Child, Rocket Lawyer also has a Consent for Medical Treatment of a Minor, which can provide a more detailed medical care instructions for one or more minors, including their allergies or existing medications and dosages. The Consent for Medical Treatment of a Minor also contains the option of including preferred physician, hospital or medical insurance details not contained in this general Power of Attorney for Child.

A Power of Attorney for Child isn’t for long-term guardianship:

The Power of Attorney for Child is temporary and does not establish legal guardianship. Depending on your situation, it may be best to include guardianship provisions in your Last Will and Testament. Consult with a local estate planning attorney to learn more about what’s best in your state.

How a Power of Attorney for Child can be used:

When someone you trust is watching your children while you're away, you can temporarily assign parental, custody or guardian rights to them using a Power of Attorney for Child. With this document, another person will have legal authority for health, medical and other major decisions, with certain limitations, when you're absent. A Power of Attorney for Child is most often used by parents to allow a temporary caretaker to make decisions when they're gone for work, vacation or otherwise out of town. A Power of Attorney for Child is intended for use over a period of time. However, many states limit the timeframe to no more than six (6) months.

Information needed for creating a Power of Attorney for Child:

Here are some important details you'll want to include in your Power of Attorney for Child:

  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of parents or guardians that are signing the Power of Attorney for Child.
  • Names and addresses of Appointed Agent(s).
  • Name and date of birth for each child being covered by this Power of Attorney for Child.
  • Specify when the Agent’s authority will begin. This is when the temporary authority will become effective. You may choose one of the following:
  • Include each Parent’s contact information where they can be reached while Power of Attorney for Child is in effect, if this is different from permanent information. For example, this may be address, phone number and email address used while Parents are travelling.

Types of powers your agent will have under your Power of Attorney for Child:

Depending on the reason you're creating your Power of Attorney for Child, you may want to give your agent specific responsibilities. A few of the more common powers your agent could have include:

  • Enroll child(ren) in school and extracurricular activities;
  • Have access to school records and participate in decisions regarding the child(ren)’s education including attending parent-teacher conferences;
  • Obtain medical, dental and mental health treatment and make healthcare decisions on behalf of child(ren);
  • Provide for the child(ren)’s food, lodging, housing, recreation and travel;

If you change your mind:

If you change your mind after signing your Power of Attorney for Child, you may cancel it by using a Revocation of Power of Attorney.

Choosing an Agent:

You may choose any adult to be an Agent. Your Agent does not have to be a family member. When choosing an Agent, consider the following:

  • Someone you trust;
  • Some your child(ren) know;
  • Make sure Agent has ability to act on behalf of your child(ren)’s best interests by considering the potential Agent’s other time commitments, experience with child(ren) and their general health.

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If you have any questions about what’s right for you and your family, we can connect you with a lawyer for quick answers or a document review.

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