You might need to give someone the power to care for your children temporarily. This might especially be true if you are going to be incarcerated, being deployed by the military, or getting long-term medical treatment, such as at an inpatient substance use program.
You can now give someone power of attorney when you will not be available or able to provide care for any child under the age of 18 for whom you are legally responsible. You can give someone POA for as little as one day to as long as 24 months (2 years).
We explain POA here. There is a sample POA form below. There is also a questionnaire to help you gather your thoughts and to give the person with POA the information they will need to take care of the children.