What is a Child Protection Plan?

Child protection planIf you and your spouse die or become incapacitated in a tragic accident and you have minor children, law enforcement will have to find a place for your children to reside immediately. Having a guardian named in your Last Will & Testament is not sufficient to prevent your child(ren) from spending time in the care and control of Child Protective Services under these types of situations.

A Child Protection Plan will ensure that you child is not turned over to Child Protective Services because it lays out specifically who has the authority to care for your child in this situation.

A Child Protection Plan is a set of legal documents that include:

Appointment of Temporary Guardian: a form designating who can take immediate custody of your child,

Parental Consent for Medical Treatment: a form authorizing the temporary guardian to consent to medical treatment for your child,

Medical Information Sheet: a form containing information on your child’s medical allergies and conditions, pediatrician information, health insurance information, immunization record, and medication list, and

 -Wallet card:  a small card registered with a national database that contains all of the above information on file for each child.

For more information on setting up a Child Protection Plan, contact Stouffer Legal at 443-470-3599 in the Greater Baltimore area.