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.
Child Custody & Visitation
Grandparents & Other Nonparent Caregivers
Family, Divorce & Children
The Family Helpline created a video series to help you understand legal issues in family law and CPS cases.
This video explains what you can do if you think a child is not safe in their home.
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...