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Planning with Parents Guided Interviews Now Public in Spanish & English

Our Planning with Parents Guided Interviews are now available to the public:

These apps are designed for advocates and parents who need to learn about advance planning and create these New York documents:

  • Temporary Care & Custody (Designation of Person in Parental Relation)
  • Standby Guardian
  • Waiver & Consent
  • Power of Attorney

Thank you to all the CUNY Law students, alums, and other advocates, and our developer partners at Afterpattern.

Planificacion Anticipado Para Padres

Planificacion Anticipado Para Padres

New Advance Planning Laws Help Immigrant Parents: Standby Guardian & Temp Care & Custody

(Click below for new Designation of Standby Guardian form)

Standby Guardian Designation Form Admin Separation

Designation of Standby Guardian (updated July 2018)

On June 27, 2018 Gov. Cuomo signed two important bills to help parents at risk of arrest, detention, deportation, or removal due to immigration status make plans in advance for the care, custody, and guardianship of their children “just in case.”

NY Standby Guardian Law

The NY Standby Guardian law now includes parents (or legal guardians) at risk of “administrative separation” due to immigration status, and will enable parents to name a Standby Guardian who will be able to act for 60 days after the “triggering” event (arrest, detention, deportation, removal) before petitioning the court.

A parent can name a Standby Guardian (and an alternate) by completing a Standby Guardian form before two witnesses.

“Administrative separation” refers to a federal immigration matter and means the parent or legal guardian’s arrest, detention, incarceration, deportation, or removal; or official communication by federal, state, or local “authorities” about immigration enforcement that gives reasonable notice that care and supervision of the child may be interrupted or cannot be provided.

After the Standby Guardian receives papers showing “administrative separation” and the consent of the parent (signed by 2 witnesses other than the Standby Guardian), the person named Standby Guardian can then file a petition in Surrogate’s Court (not Family Court) asking a judge to appoint them as Guardian for the children.

A parent (or legal guardian) can also petition the Surrogate’s Court (not Family Court) to appoint a Standby Guardian, who will have the authority to act only if necessary.

The law now authorizes the court to not have a hearing and appoint a guardian ad litem or attorney for the children to report on whether the appointment is in the child’s best interests.

Temporary Care & Custody: “Designation of Person in Parental Relation”

Gov. Cuomo also signed into law a bill that allows a person designated as temporary caretaker for children to act for 12 months (they used to only be able to act for 6 months). The parent can make the designation activate only if necessary if the parent is detained or deported. This temporary care and custody form is formally called a “Designation of Person in Parental Relation.” A parent can renew the temporary care and custody designation every 12 months by signing the form before a notary public. (The person designation by the parent also has to sign the form.)

These new laws will make it easier for parents to plan in advance for their children by naming a Standby Guardian and designating a temporary caregiver “just in case.”


“Entitled to the freedom to say goodbye.”

While this decision, issued on January 29, 2018, will not alone protect Ravi Ragbir from removal, Judge Forrest delivered a scathing indictment of our government’s cruel enforcement of immigration laws.

“It ought not to be-and it has never before been-that those who have lived without incident in this country for years are subjected to treatment we associate with regimes we revile as unjust, regimes where those who have long lived in a country may be taken without notice from
streets, home, and work. And sent away. We are not that country; and woe be the day that we become that country under a fiction that laws allow it.”Ragbir-v-Sessions-III-et-al

NY Emergency/Advance Planning Tools for Parents

These are the main documents parents can use to create an advance plan and are available on this site.

Advance Planning Documents for A Child’s “Person”

  • Temporary Care & Custody: Designation of Person in Parental Relation (English & Spanish)(Complete English form & follow instructions on form)
  • Designation of Standby Guardian
  • Designation of Guardian of Minor Children
  • Waiver of Process, Renunciation, or Consent to Guardianship

Advance Planning Documents to Manage Property for a Child

  • New York State Power of Attorney (Statutory Gifts Rider not included)
  • Designation of Custodian under N.Y. Uniform Transfers to Minors Act
  • Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits



Planificacion Anticipada un el Consulado de Ecuador

Consulado de Ecuador en Queens capacita compatriotas sobre acciones en caso de ser separados de sus hijos menores por motivos migratorios

actividades con cuny

Conozca sus derechos y haga un plan de preparación para su familia, Informed Immigrant

Informed Immigrant

Know Your Rights: 1) Family Planning; 2) ICE, by Informed Immigrant


Women’s Refuge Commission: Resources for Families Facing Deportation & Separation

The Women’s Refugee Commission has excellent guides and reports to help parents who want to plan for the care of their children here.

The materials emphasize that the particular planning documents, tools, and court procedures described are not state specific, so it is important to get information and complete documents that are legally recognized in the parent’s home state.


Video of 4.1.17 Training: Family Advance Planning for Immigrants at Risk of Deportation

April 1, 2017 – Family Advance Planning For Immigrants At Risk of Deportation: Training for CUNY School of Law Alums & Students at CUNY School of Law with presentations from Prof. Joe Rosenberg (’86), Sasha Herzig (’12), and  Lisa Parisio (’15).

The January 25, 2017 executive orders on immigration enforcement effectively put over 11 million people living in the U.S. at risk of detention and deportation. As a result, parents, caregivers, and others are left exposed to catastrophic legal consequences if they are suddenly separated from their children or lose control of their assets.

CUNY School of Law is mobilizing to help immigrants at risk and their families in New York. On April 1, 2017 more than 50 alumni and students attended an interactive training at the law school on advance planning documents and tools for people who are undocumented, including the temporary care of children, designation of a guardian, New York power of attorney, and other legal forms. The training included cross-cultural lawyering awareness to help participants advise and counsel families and individuals forced to confront these difficult decisions.

Following the training, participants signed up to staff at least one walk-in community legal clinic we have organized, where alumni and law students will work together to assist parents.

For more information:



.@NYGovCuomo you signed Executive Order 202.7 allowing remote notary services. Given #COVID2019 NYS on PAUSE, we need Executive Order allowing remote execution of wills, health care proxies, standby guardian, & other legal docs requiring witnesses, otherwise does not stop spread. twitter.com/bariweiss/stat…


“I call on the not-primarily disabled Left to make good, lifegiving, disabled wisdom choices…insist on access that the past 2 years proved possible…insist on masking, community safety strategies for #COVID & virtually accessible events & community care.” truthout.org/articles/abled…

About 2 days ago from Joe Rosenberg 🍎🕊🌎🌹 🏳️‍🌈🌻's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone

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