I'm a teacher and have a student in a rough situation. Her dad reached out to me and gave consent for her to temporarily stay in my care. Is this illegal being that I am a teacher? Do I have to get it signed by an attorney and filed in court if both parents agree? What steps do I need to take?
This is something that he, you, or both together should discuss with an attorney. There is nothing wrong with you keeping the child in your care temporarily, but this situation is fact sensitive as far as whether you need to petition the court to get a guardianship or some other court order.
If the father thinks he needs help, and has asked for your help, then it seems like he is doing what is best for the child by putting the child temporarily in your care, and you should probably have an attorney to give you specific information and represent you to give you appropriate advice.
As a teacher, you have probably been trained to recognize abuse or neglect. Based on what you have said, it sounds like neither of these have occurred, but the child could be deemed as a child in need of assistance, and the youth court may need to be involved.
This is just general information. Please set up a consultation with a local attorney.
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