You may need a parental consent form from time to time,
because you simply cannot be with your child 24/7.
There are 3 forms typically used to cater for situations when one or both parents or legal guardians are not present or available.
Note: All consent forms must be signed by everyone who has legal custody.
Our infographic below will show you at a glance:
And of course we will provide you with free consent form templates and additional guidelines for their use.
Here are the links to the free consent form templates referenced above:
Last Will and Testament specifically for parents with minor children.
Don't rush off just yet! There are a few more points to consider when compiling your parental consent forms.
This document offers somewhat of an umbrella authorization to someone to act on behalf of parents who are not present or not available in an emergency situation and is typically for a short period of time.
However, there are also special circumstances where parents cannot take care of their children for a variety of reasons:
Parents would want to assign a trusted person (rather than let the state decide) to temporarily take care of their children.
Parents should specify the time period, rather than leave it open-ended. Upon expiry another document can be executed if needed. This is where you definitely need to consult with a lawyer!
You would be strongly advised to keep regular contact with your children wherever possible e.g. visiting, writing letters, phoning, sending money etc.
Not only is this important for the child's wellbeing, it's also testament to the parent's commitment and the temporary nature of the guardianship.
Do your homework! Contact the embassy or consulate of all the countries to be visited to ascertain which documents you need for your specific circumstance.
It is safer to carry all the documentation referenced here (and any other you may think applicable) even if it is not listed as a requirement by a specific country.
It happens quite often that a particular official may not have all the facts straight, which can be troublesome.
Follow this link to check the travel requirements for various countries.
An excellent reference for day care providers or child minders, you can add information on first aid treatment such as bee stings, aches, minor burns and scrapes and specify the medication you have available.
In an emergency situation it could be vital for medical personnel to know if your child has an allergy, is a haemophiliac or diabetic, the blood group, using chronic medication etc.
This is the only way for you to appoint your person of choice as legal guardian for your minor children in the event of your death.
If you don't (have a will in place) the court will have to make that decision on your behalf.
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