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California (Minor Child) Power of Attorney Form

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California (Minor Child) Power of Attorney Form

Updated February 29, 2024

A California (minor child) power of attorney is a legal document used by parents to authorize a trusted person (agent) to provide short-term care for a child. It allows healthcare, educational, and other decisions on a temporary basis.[1]

The courts define this designation as a ‘caregiver agreement.’ Custody of a child can only be obtained through a court order.[2]


  • Maximum Term – No statutory limit.
  • Signing Requirements – No statutory requirements. It is recommended that the principal follow the same rules for a medical power of attorney: two witnesses or a notary public.[3]


  1. https://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/gc205info.pdf
  2. FAM § 6550
  3. PROB § 4673(a)(3)