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A nonparent (e.g., grandparent) is caring for my child temporarily. Do I need to do a modification so that the nonparent can take my child to the doctor, enroll them in school, etc.?

If nonparent (e.g., grandparent) is caring for your child temporarily, you may think you need to do a modification so that the nonparent can take my child to the doctor, enroll them in school, etc.

This is not necessarily the case. If your child is temporarily in the care of a nonparent, you can get a temporary authorization for care of minor children. However, when there is a court order in place, you will need to get permission from the court to do this. You can read more here: Going to Court to Get Temporary Authorization to Care for a Child. If the other parent agrees, and you can reach them, see this article: Authorization for Nonparent Care of a Child. There is a form you can fill out without having to go to court: Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Relative or Voluntary Caregiver is available in the forms bank web site of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

There is a toolkit for asking the court for temporary authorization here: Temporary Authorization for Care of Minor Child (Texas Family Code 35).