Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Child Protection - Foster Kids
Re: Child Protection - Foster Kids
Steven G. Tyler
Wed, 3 Feb 1999 07:17:54 -0500
Scott Patterson wrote:
> The legal guardian can only give permission or a court appointed guardian.
> Next question? How do you know that the person is the legal guardian, do
> you ask to see proof or is this beyond the scope of a scout leader. I would
> hate to start asking for ID on applications.
This is not a legal opinion ('tain't my area of expertise, and the legal
answer would vary in each jurisdiction anyway), but the touchstone is
common sense. If a Scout shows up with his parent or parents, and
there's no sign of family discord, I'd say you're safe in assuming they
(or either of them) have the right to give permission, without the need
for legal documents or DNA tests. After all, the person with custody
bears some burden to inform you if there are lurking custody issues, and
will in fact make a point to do so in almost all cases.
OTOH, if there's some indication of an unusual family situation, a few
appropriate questions would be in order, carried on only to the extent
necessary to understand the limits the unit should be aware of, without
unnecessarily prying into the family's privacy. For total CWA-WP (cover
your, err, anterior with paper), you *can* go to the lengths suggested
by another poster (copy of birth certificate naming parents, court
custody papers, etc.), but in 99%+ of the time there's really no need.
YIS, Steve on Cattail Creek (Steven G. Tyler, Esq.) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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