Q: If a parent can’t make it to every appointment, can they ask a step parent to go in their place?
A: Generally yes, however it depends on what your court order says. generally a fit parent can delegate care to others of his or her choosing.
Since you're asking, I'm guessing that perhaps the relationship with the child's other parent is not particularly cordial. So my first recommendation is read your Orders to see if there is any restriction. Sometimes, there is a restriction in the Order, usually if there has been controversy over a parent's actual involvement with the child.
If the Order does not require you to be there, then generally, yes, you may send a step-parent in your place. You may need to put a release on file with the provider to interact with the step-parent enough for the step-parent to be able to be properly involved.
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