2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 10. Children
§10-700. Delegation of powers regarding child care and custody.

10 OK Stat § 10-700 (2014) What's This?

A. A parent or legal custodian of a child, by a properly executed power of attorney provided in Section 2 of this act, may delegate to another person, for a period not to exceed one (1) year, any of the powers regarding the care and custody of the child, except the power to consent to marriage or adoption of the child, the performance or inducement of an abortion on or for the child, or the termination of parental rights to the child. A delegation of powers under this section shall not deprive the parent or legal custodian of any parental or legal authority regarding the care and custody of the child.

B. The parent or legal custodian of the child shall have the authority to revoke or withdraw the power of attorney authorized by subsection A of this section at any time. If the delegation of authority lasts longer than one (1) year, the parent or legal custodian of the child shall execute a new power of attorney for each additional year that the delegation exists.

C. The attorney-in-fact shall exercise parental or legal authority on a continuous basis for not less than twenty-four (24) hours and without compensation for the intended duration of the power of attorney authorized by subsection A of this section and shall not be subject to the requirements of the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act.

D. Except as provided by Section 1-4-904 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes, a parent or legal custodian who executes a power of attorney authorized by subsection A of this section shall not constitute abandonment, abuse or neglect as defined in Section 1-1-105 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes unless the parent or legal custodian fails to make contact or execute a new power of attorney after the one-year time limit has elapsed.

E. Under a delegation of powers as authorized by subsection A of this section, the child or children subject to the power of attorney shall not be considered placed in foster care as defined in Section 1-1-105 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes and the parties shall not be subject to any of the requirements or licensing regulations for foster care.

Added by Laws 2014, c. 172, § 1, emerg. eff. April 28, 2014.

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