With an informal agreement, the child is living with the kinship caregiver, but they have no authority or permission to make any decisions for the child, such as medical or educational. It is simply an agreement between the caregiver and the child’s parents.
Ms. Dew explains the difficulties of raising her grandchildren without having anything in writing from their parents giving her permission to make decisions, including dental care and moving the kids to a school closer to her house.
NC Legal Options for Kinship Caregivers
- Temporary Parental Safety Agreement
- Becoming a Licensed Kinship Foster Parent
- Caregiving Without Becoming a Foster Parent