Local organizations; how undocumented immigrants can designate guardianship of minor children if detained
by Brick City Live Staff/March 13, 2017
In response to an increase in inquiries about changes to immigration policies under the Trump Administration, the Rutgers Law School Child Advocacy Clinic, in conjunction with other attorneys and immigrant rights organizations in New Jersey has created a “Power of Attorney” document to help parents who are at risk of deportation.
The document is designed to assist parents who are at risk for deportation to plan for the care of their children should they be left behind. It allows parents to designate who will care for their children in the event they are separated from their children through detention or deportation.
“The purpose of the Power of Attorney document is to help parents plan for an emergency so that it is clear what the parent or parents wanted to happen with their children should they suddenly be detained or deported. We also created a memo of Commonly Asked Questions to try to answer as many questions about the document and what it means to create a Power of Attorney,” said Professor Randi Mandelbaum, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic. Mandelbaum drafted these documents along with attorneys from Lowenstein Sandler, Rutgers Law School, Seton Hall Law School, and American Friends Service Committee.
This document allows the parent to legally prepare for the care of their child without the need to hire an attorney or appear before a judge. It should be notarized, witnessed by two people, renewed every six months, and signed by both parents if possible.
For more information about the Child Advocacy Clinic at Rutgers Law School, call 973-353-3196. For information about the Immigrant Rights Clinic, call 973-353-5292
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