Miscellaneous Acts – Non-legal custodian’s affidavit
RS. 9:975. Non-legal custodian; consent for certain services; affidavit, form A.(1) A non-legal custodian, who is not a foster parent caring for a child in the custody of the Office of Community Services, shall be authorized to give legal consent for a child in his custody to receive any medical or educational services for which parental consent is usually required by executing the affidavit described in Paragraph (B)(4) of this Section. The affidavit shall not be valid for more than one year after the date on which it is executed.
(2) The decision of a non-legal custodian to consent to or to refuse medical or educational services for a child in his custody shall be superseded by any contravening decision of a parent or a person having legal custody of the child, provided the decision of the legal custodian does not jeopardize the life, health, safety, or welfare of the child.
(3) Nothing in this Section shall apply to, or give authority for, an abortion as provided in R.S. 40:1299.35.5.
B.(1) No person who acts in good faith reliance on a non-legal custodian properly executed affidavit, having no actual knowledge of any facts contrary to those stated in the affidavit, shall be subject to civil liability or criminal prosecution, or to professional disciplinary procedure, for any action which would have been proper if the facts had been as he believed them to be. This Paragraph shall apply even if medical or educational services are rendered to a child in contravention of the wishes of the parent or legal custodian of that child. However, the person rendering the services must not have actual knowledge of the wishes of the parent or legal custodian.
(2) A person who relies on a properly executed affidavit has no obligation to make further inquiry or investigation. Nothing herein shall relieve any person of responsibility for violations of other provisions of law, rules, or regulations.
(3) If the child ceases to live with the non-legal custodian, the non-legal custodian shall notify all parties to whom he has transmitted the affidavit or to whom he has caused the affidavit to be transmitted.
(4) A non-legal custodian’s affidavit shall be invalid unless it substantially contains, in not less than ten-point boldface type, or a reasonable equivalent thereof, the warning· statement beginning with the word “warning” specified in this Paragraph. The warning statement shall be enclosed in a box with three-point rule lines. The non-legal custodian’s affidavit shall be in substantially the following form: