How Can We Protect Children of Parents Working During COVID-19?

April 23, 2020

The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has everyone stressed, panicked, and scared. For those who are employed in health care and as janitors, receptionists, grocery store workers, and other front line positions, there is a constant worry for their health and the health of their loved ones. The safety and health of our children is always of utmost concern but is now significantly heightened during a national pandemic.

As a result of this problem, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has issued an executive order to modify the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act. This new act was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and will ensure that any parent or guardian who works in a front-line facility may designate a standby guardian for their child. This will ensure that their children are being taken care of and safe from contracting COVID-19 from their legal caretaker.

Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act

The Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act was first put into law in 1992 in response to the AIDS crisis to help sick parents plan for their children’s future and initiate immediate temporary guardianship. This temporary guardianship lasted until permanent arrangements by a court could be put into place. This Act also later applied to parents in fear of deportation or detainment.

This new executive order will allow parents to decide where their child will go if their parents become sick from COVID-19. Parents can rest assured knowing that their child will be placed with someone they know and trust, rather than be put into foster care. Because the courts are currently closed as a result of the pandemic, this new act will make processes easier and decisions can be made without needing a judge to sign off.

For many parents and guardians, the idea of establishing a legal guardianship is something they may have never considered. For a child who will be living with you for a significant period of time, a guardianship is necessary to handle certain tasks and decisions on the child’s behalf, including enrollment in school, medical care, and benefit registration. This also improves the chances of keeping the child if a custody battle ensues. Parents should also establish a guardianship of estate in the event that the child comes into a large amount of money or property. This will keep all assets safe until the child is of age to use the money or land.

Brooklyn Guardianship Lawyers at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP Help Protect Your Loved Ones During COVID-19

Keeping our loved ones safe is of utmost importance, especially during the pandemic. Our legal team is highly skilled in guardianship law and fight for your rights. For help with determining the best plan of action for your children and those for whom you are providing legal guardianship, contact the Brooklyn guardianship lawyers at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP. Call us today at 212-495-8133 or contact us online for an initial consultation. We provide legal counsel to clients throughout New York and New Jersey from our offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Lakewood, New Jersey.