Parents who will be away from a child for an extended period of time need a guardianship letter. Guardianship letters give people the right to temporarily look after children. The letter does not transfer custody of the child to the guardian, nor does it require drafting by legal counsel. Writing a guardianship letter over to an adult child, for example, may be necessary if a parent is going out of town on business for several months. The guardianship letter is a binding document that gives the adult child permission to look after a minor and make decisions on the minor's behalf while the parent is away.
Open a Word document.
Space down from the right at the top of the page. Date the letter. Space down.
Add the guardian's full name and address. Space down and address the guardian: "Dear (guardian's name)," for instance.
Write the body of the letter. The body should state you are granting permission to the guardian to look after the child. Clearly state the dates the guardianship will begin and end and the reason guardianship will commence. Note that the guardian has your permission to make medical and emergency decisions on behalf of the minor during this time. Conclude the body by including your name.
Sign and notarize two copies of the letter. Give one copy to the guardian and keep the other for your own records.
Remain in contact with both the adult and minor child at all times. Check in and see how the guardianship is progressing and answer any questions posed by the adult child. Speak with the minor at least once every seven days to maintain constant contact and remain involved -- as much as possible -- with major decision making on behalf of the child.
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