Are you a busy parent or guardian who sometimes needs to be in two places at once? Do you worry about leaving your child in the care of a third-party service provider? Child care authorization may be the solution you need!
Essentially, child care authorization allows a non-relative to act on behalf of a minor child when the parent or guardian is not present. This is often necessary when a third-party service provider requires parental permission to administer care, services, or other benefits to the child. Such benefits might include medical treatment, legal documentation, educational services, and government benefits.
When parents or guardians grant child care authorization, they ensure that their children’s needs will be met during the specified times they are unavailable.
Child care authorization is unnecessary if a parent is unavailable for only short periods and can be contacted easily if legal consent is required. However, giving written permission to care for a child when the parent is absent or unavailable for extended periods can ensure that a caregiver will be able to obtain services or provisions that the child may need in an emergency.