Plan For The Unthinkable If You Leave Your Minor At Home While On Vacation

Spring has sprung and I am sure all the parents with toddlers are itching to have a vacation – or should I call it a bae-cation. Before you go, did you leave written consent for your child’s caregiver? Let me share more.

If you are taking a kid-free vacation this year and are planning to be away for an extended period of time, here are a few documents you will want to have in place before you start your vacation.

1. Written Authorization or Permission Letter

If your child is to be dropped off and picked up from daycare, school or summer camp, then you will definitely want to have a permission letter in place. The place of business may even have their own document for you to fill out — so ask in advance.

2. Medical Consent Letter

We pray that all is well with our children while we are away, and in the event they are in need of medical treatment, you certainly will want a medical consent letter in place. A medical consent letter gives the caregiver the ability to authorize that medical treatment. This should be left for each child.

Additionally, make sure you leave a copy of their medical insurance card.

3. Power of Attorney For Care of a Minor Child

This form gives the caregiver the power and authority to arrange for medical, dental, or mental health treatment and so much more. This document is very comprehensive and will need to be drafted by an estate planning attorney. When planning for your vacation, let’s not forget to plan for your children’s care in your absence.

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Rianka R. Dorsainvil

Rianka R. Dorsainvil, CFP®️ is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of 2050 Wealth Partners a virtual, fee-only comprehensive financial planning firm dedicated to serving first-generation wealth-builders, entrepreneurs, and thriving professionals. Rianka also hosts 2050 TrailBlazers, a podcast aimed to address the lack of diversity in the financial planning profession by engaging industry experts and leaders in conversation.

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