Ohio Grandparent Power of Attorney/Caretaker Authoriztion
Are you a grandparent who is caring for a grandchild in Ohio but cannot make vital decisions because you don't have legal custody?

Guernsey County Children Services
Safety, Protection, and Permanency
A new Ohio law may allow you to make decisions without requiring a custody order through the court system.
Are you caring for your grandchild because the parents cannot?
If so, the parents can grant you Power of Attorney, which allows you to temporarily:

  • arrange for the child's routine and emergency medical, dental and psychological treatment
  • authorize your grandchild's enrollment in school;
  • access information regarding education; and
  • provide consent for educational activities.
To obtain Power of Attorney for your grandchild, you must:

  • understand and agree to the terms regarding Power of Attorney;
  • provide the signature of the consenting parent, yourself, and an official notary on the form
  • file the form with your local juvenile court within five days of signing the form


Are you caring for your grandchild and cannot locate the parents?
If you have failed to locate your grandchild's parents after making reasonable effort to do so, you may obtain a Caretaker Authorization Affidavit, which allows you to temporarily:
  • arrange for the child's routine and emergency medical, dental and psychological treatment;
  • authorize your grandchild's enrollment in school
  • access information regarding education; and
  • provide consent for educational activities.
To obtain a Caretaker Authorization Affidavit, you must:
  • understand and agree to the terms regarding the Caretaker Authorization Affidavit;
  • provide your signature and that of an official notary on the form; and
  • file the form with your local juvenile court within five days of signing the form.