It’s that time of year again! The Target and Office Depot ads are running!
Preparing to send our children back into the school year is one of parenting’s biggest chores and greatest reliefs (if you agree with all the advertisements).
We’re busy gathering supplies, buying clothes, and making periodic attitude adjustments for both self and child. You’re probably filling out a boatload of forms to boot.
One of those forms is the “Emergency Contact” form that gives the names and phone numbers of people you authorize to call if something goes down at school and they can’t reach you.
Did you know, though, that those Emergency Contacts have no real legal authority???
Wait. What? “I put their names down on a form,” you say, “Isn’t that sufficient?”
Nope. It isn’t.
Merely listing someone as an emergency contact is insufficient to provide full legal protections over your children. If something happens to you or if an emergency occurs in which you cannot get to your children, you emergency contact has no legal right
That is because the list of emergency contacts has no real legal bearing on anything at all. It is not your expression of a delegation of your parental responsibilities. It is not a nomination of guardian for your child. It’s meaningless legally.
What position does that leave your child in?
Well, in a real emergency, it could leave your child in the position of being taken into protective custody by police, sheriff, or other governmental agency if you are truly unable to get to your child. It could also subject your child to being put into foster care while a court figures out who will take custody of your child.
What should you do?
Put some real force behind those names you’ve listed by giving the people you’ve asked to be your emergency contact legal authority to take custody of your children!
Introducing CHERP—the Children’s Emergency Response Plan®! ILP+ Arkansas is teaming up with the first online, legal self-help solution for parents to name temporary and permanent guardians for your children to make sure your kids have excellent care and legal representation in an emergency!
When you create a Children’s Emergency Response Plan, you will legally appoint several local caregivers to take legal custody of your child if you cannot return to them for any reason—disaster, delay, death, disability, detention, and yes, even deportation. Then, you’ll nominate guardians for your child right from your computer, complete with online witnessing and notarization!
This offering comes with a complete deployment system, including an “In Case of Emergency” lockscreen image for your phone and for your child’s phone; wallet instruction cards and glove box instructions for police to locate your child’s temporary guardians; and much more!
Take a look here at this brief video to see why every family needs a CHERP and how to get yours in place before school starts.
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We’ve made this so simple for you that you don’t even need to leave your computer to do it!
The CHERP online document generation system is private, easy, and there’s no longer any excuse to wait! You’ve known you need to nominate guardians for your child probably from the moment he or she was born. If you haven’t done this already, get it done so you can let it go and know your children’s emergency contacts have REAL authority to help them in an emergency.