Q: Is there a form for “In Loco Parentis” to care for a friend’ds child while he’s away?
I’ve been asked by the parent of a 14-year-old boy if he can stay with me for 9 months while his job requires him to be out of the country. The boy is best friends with my own son of the same age and he wants to stay in his familiar high school with his friends. But I want to be covered legally to handle any medical issues as well as handle any discipline issues on a level playing field with my own son, such as grounding or even corporal punishment. Is there a legal document for In Loco Parentis that I can have his father sign?
A: While I can provide general information, it's important to consult with a qualified legal professional for specific advice regarding your situation. In cases where a child is temporarily residing with someone who is not their legal parent or guardian, it can be beneficial to establish a legal arrangement to clarify the responsibilities and authority of the caregiver. However, the specific document or form needed may vary depending on your jurisdiction and the requirements of local laws. An attorney who specializes in family law can guide you on the appropriate legal steps and help draft a customized document, such as a temporary guardianship agreement or power of attorney, that addresses your specific needs and concerns. This legal document can provide you with the necessary authority to make decisions regarding the child's medical care and discipline, within the boundaries allowed by law. Consulting with an attorney will ensure that you have a legally sound arrangement that protects the interests of all parties involved.
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