A Power of Attorney is a voluntary agreement signed by a child’s parents giving another person (grandparent, brother, sister, etc.) the legal authority to care for and make decisions on behalf of a minor child. This legal document must be signed in front of a Notary Public in order to be valid. The Power of Attorney has a maximum length of three years when kincare relationships are involved. However, as this arrangement is voluntary, it can be revoked at any time by the child’s parent(s).
A Power of Attorney is cost effective because it does not require an attorney.
In addition to a Power of Attorney form, other documents can be helpful for getting medical treatment and registration in school. These include medical consent forms, immunization records, and copies of birth certificates.