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Traveling with your kids friends..........

mdurette

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We are at the point now that DD (14) would like to have friends along when we travel. (she is an only child). Is there a legal type of document that would be helpful to allow us to make decisions for the friend?

Example: Last trip was about 3 hours away (easy enough for parents if an emergency) but I still had to find parents and have them e-sign parent/guardian forms for things we did like zip lining and off road courses. I of course asked parents if ok before we committed to anything.

DD is now asking about vacations that we need to take a flight to. Do I need/should I have some sort of document that allows me to take someone elses child on a plane. What about medical decisions if something where to come up??
 

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Best to have the other family join you. Thankfully I have twins. We have brought others and no problems other then miss their mom in one case, our niece at 6. But thankfully nothing bad has happened (all family) where we live no need for flight for friends when they want to bring them. A hard no would be easy as it’s out of the country.
 

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Our son is an only child and when he was growing up we sometimes took a friend for him. We had the friend's parents give us a signed limited medical authorization to seek treatment and a copy of their insurance card.

I don't know about the legal ramifications but just winging it (pun intended) for flying within the U.S. I would print out a copy of the child's flight confirmation and have the parents write something like this on it. Our daughter, name, has our permission, names, to accompany, names, on this flight. Then take it to their bank and have it notarized. Banks will notarize for free for their customers.
 

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My son was the only child and I agreed with just about every post above posted. However, if this so called friend have any behavior issues known. The answer is NO !. He / she cannot travel with us.
I feel you need something in writing from both parents or guardian stating that they give permission for their child to travel with you on a plane ( with the airline name & ticket #'s) and on this timeshare vacation trip. You should have a current hospital medical card from the parents; given you permission to use it; just in the case of an accident; plus a list of all medication that their child are on and if they have any known allergies to food or medications.

You should have something in written who you are, where you are going, what airlines you are using and a return day of the vacation.
You should include your name and cellphones number and the name of the timeshare resort.

You should have both parents cell phone #'s or landline # in case of an emergency or if child is misbehaving. Tell the child parents to give their child some spending cash or a debit credit card so their child can feel independent. Please have everything witness and notarized. Be safe and enjoy your vacation.
 
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