Information for Non-Parents [Video]
Child Protective Services (CPS)
When a child is living with someone who isn’t their parent, this person may need to do things that usually only a parent would be able to do.
This video explains how a nonparent can do things that usually only a parent would be able to do for a child, such as:
take the child to the doctor,
enroll them in school,
apply for benefits for the child,
get identification documents like a birth certificate or social security card, or
make other important decisions for the child.
How can a non-parent legally act on behalf of a child?
This video explains how a parent can authorize someone else to temporarily make decisions about a child and take care of the child.
I need a custody order. I am not the child's parent (SAPCR).
Child Custody & Visitation
How to ask for a custody, visitation, child support, and medical support order. For grandparents and other nonparents.
Temporary Authorization for Care of Minor Child (Texas Family Code 35)
Grandparents & Other Nonparent Caregivers
How to ask the court for a Temporary Authorization for Care of minor children when you do not have written authorization from a parent, guardian, o...
I need court approval for an authorization agreement for a nonparent adult caregiver.
Family, Divorce & Children
Use this guide if you need court permission to sign a written Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Adult Caregiver.
Family Helpline CPS and Custody VideosThe Family Helpline created a video series to help you understand legal issues in family law and CPS cases.
Child Safety [Video]This video explains what you can do if you think a child is not safe in their home.
Information for Parents [Video]Parents have a fundamental right—meaning, it is protected by the U.S. Constitution—to raise their children and make decisions about what is in thei...