Informal Kinship Care
When parents leave children with family members without any involvement from the courts or child welfare agencies, this is called informal kinship care. A parent may leave children with a relative while ill, overseas on a work or military assignment or various other situations. It is a mutually agreeable situation between the parent(s) and the other family members. Legal custody remains with the parents and the parents can take their children back at any time.
Kinship caregivers often run into issues when trying to enroll children in school, authorize medical care or grant parental permissions. In this case, kinship caregivers should check with their State agencies to request a consent form that parents can sign to allow kinship caregivers to have some temporary decision-making power regarding the children.
For parents who able to plan for their child/children living temporarily with a relative, they may consult an attorney in order to grant temporary guardianship to the relative. Depending on the State in which you reside, the court can grant temporary guardianship which permits the guardian relative to make medical and educational decisions for the welfare of the child or children. When parents initiate temporary guardianship, it helps negate issues that arise when parents are unwilling or unable to grant temporary guardianship to relatives.
A Band of Brothers and Sisters
The importance of keeping sibling groups together cannot be understated. Often, the relationships children have with their brothers and sisters are the most enduring relationships they’ve ever had. The sibling bonds grows even more important when children are removed from their parents. Omni Visions strives to keep sibling groups together whenever possible.