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Know Where to Jump In - Child Development: Birth to 10 Years

As non-biological parents, we are constantly reminded that we are not the natural parents. When you find yourself in the role of “acting parent”, you realize a few things fairly fast. First, you likely haven’t had the time to plan for the child’s birth, let alone raising the child.
Immediately after Matthew moved in with me, I [...]

Child Custody and Rummy 500

I have found that dealing with custody issues in court is a lot like playing a good game of Rummy.
First, you get all the good cards that you can. Don’t underestimate the value of each card. Good cards aren’t just the aces and face cards, those are obvious; good cards, played correctly, can be low-point [...]

Standing in Place of the Parents - Overruling Biological Parents

There are times when I overrule Matthew’s biological parents, but I never do it lightly, even when I’m mad at them. I’ve gone to great lengths to find out what they wanted for Matthew, to understand their views, their values, and their personal desires for their son. I’m sure I don’t know all that they [...]

In Loco Parentis - How it Feels

Coming into the status of “in loco parentis”, as I’ve learned, is a gift and an honor.  I never knew how amazing it would be to watch a child grow up, to actually participate on a daily basis in his childhood. I constantly marvel at the little things, like the time we realized that he [...]

Mom, Legal Guardian, Custodian, In Loco What???

The whole title thing is a bit of an issue for us sometimes. I’m not Matthew’s biological mother, and he was introduced to me when he was 2 by my first name. It does lead to some confusion from strangers, and even well-wishing friends and family members. I can’t tell you how many times someone [...]

Legal Guardianship and In Loco Parentis - Acting Parent at School

When you’re in loco parentis at the school, you’re considered the legal guardian of the child. I have a copy of the form I used for legal guardianship. If you need a blank copy, just let me know. I’m happy to share my resources.
It’s important to know that as legal guardian, you don’t necessarily trump [...]

Legal Issues - What You Can Do

Document everything – all the time. Make it a habit like brushing your teeth or paying your bills. I created a spreadsheet in Excel that’s become quite handy. I add notes when appropriate and document all days that Matthew spends with his biological parents, grandparents or other family members.
If you’re a decent writer, I suggest [...]

In Loco Parentis - The Law in PA

For those standing in place of the parent, or “in loco parentis”, you can pursue legal custody rights after the child lives with you for a minimum of six (6) months.
I strongly encourage you to keep a journal from the first day your child moves in with you. Document everything. In the case that the [...]

In Loco Parentis - Acting Parent

Kids are our future, even the ones not related to us.
Our job as citizens and community members is to step in and help our children grow up to become healthy, well-adjusted adults who contribute positively to our society. Each child matters.
This blog is about those who are acting in place of a parent. The legal term for [...]

Standing in place of the parent, or acting parent, or "in loco parentis" is a big job that comes with a unique set challenges. I created this blog to share my story and my experiences with those who find themselves in a similiar situation. I look forward to hearing your comments!

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