Ohio Minor Child Power of Attorney Form

The Ohio Minor Child Power of Attorney (also called the “Limited Power of Attorney for Child Care”) is a document that, in keeping with state laws, allows for a parent or guardian to bestow a grandparent with the necessary decision making powers to provide care to their child in their absence. As set out by the chapter on Children in the Ohio’s Revised Code (specifically § 3109.52) the grandparent will be given responsibility for the “care, physical custody, and control of the child, including the ability to enroll the child in school, to obtain from the school district educational and behavioral information about the child, to consent to all school-related matters regarding the child, and to consent to medical, psychological, or dental treatment for the child.”

Additional Resources

The Ohio Resource Guide for Relatives Caring for Children is a comprehensive resource published by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Office of Families and Children to assist anyone administering kinship care. The Office defines kinship care as “a temporary or permanent arrangement in which a relative—or any non-relative with a long-standing relationship or bond with the child and/or family—has taken overfull-time, substitute care of a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so.”

While Power of Attorney arrangements are only allowed for a temporary arrangement in which another party cares for the child/ren of a parent or guardian who is temporarily absent, this resource nevertheless will provide an Agent to a Power of Attorney (as well as the parents and guardians of the child) with substantial insight and guidance regarding the arrangement.