Alternatives for Minors

What is a Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit?

If a parent has custody and can provide care for a child, and the child is living with a non-parent, like a Grandmother, an aunt or other trusted adult, a parent can consider a Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit. The parent keeps custody of a child and names the non-parent as the caregiver. The parent and caregiver share the legal power to make health care and education decisions for the child. The parent and caregiver sign a Caregivers Authorization Affidavit form in front of 2 witnesses and a Notary Public. The Caregiver’s Affidavit is good for up to 2 years and can be renewed. The parent and caregiver can complete this without getting court approval. If this is best for the child, a Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit form can be put in place instead of seeking a guardianship.

To read the instructions for filling out the form, click on

http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/probateandfamilycourt/documents/massachusettscaregiverinstructions.pdf

To download a Caregiver Authorization form, click on

http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/probateandfamilycourt/documents/caregiverauthorizationaffidavitform.pdf

What is a Temporary Agent Authorization?

If a parent has custody and can provide care for a child, but will be absent for a short time because of an illness, a job, or a long trip, a parent may consider a Temporary Agent Authorization.  The parent keeps custody of the child and names a trusted adult as the temporary agent (like a temporary parent). The parent and temporary agent share the legal power to make everyday decisions about the child’s health, education and safety while the parent is absent. The parent signs the Temporary Agent Authorization form in front of 2 witnesses and a Notary Public which is good for up to 60 days. The parent and temporary agent can complete this without getting the court’s approval. If this is best for the child, the Temporary Agent Authorization can be used instead of seeking a guardianship.

To read more  and download a Temporary Agent form, click on http://www.masslegalhelp.org/temporary-agent