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Release of Children

To ensure safety and security of the children in your care, you should:

  • Maintain a log for signing children in and out of your facility. Note the date, time, child's name, and name of the person dropping off or picking up the child.
  • Maintain a file of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of persons authorized to pick up each child in your care. You should only release a child to a person for whom you have written consent by the custodial parent. Never honor a telephone authorization unless there is a prior written consent by the custodial parent on file. Telephone authorization could be falsely provided by a person pretending to be the child's custodial parent.
  • Contact your local police department for advice on how to avoid releasing a child into an unsafe situation, such as to a parent who appears to be intoxicated (under the influence of drugs or alcohol). Have a written policy and inform all parents/guardians of it when the child is admitted to your care.
Note: This information is not intended to take the place of your state's or locality's child care regulations and laws. In every case, the laws and regulations of the city, county, and state in which the child care facility is located must be carefully followed even if they differ from these recommendations.

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