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Caretaking Functions

What Does it Mean?

Caretaking functions are direct activities relating to the care for and supervision of minor children.

These activities include but are not limited to:

  • feeding the child, and supporting general healthy development
  • overseeing the development language, motor, and other important skills
  • disciplining the child when necessary
  • making sure the child gets an education; or
  • scheduling and bringing the child to medical appointments

Things You Should Know

Any person with legal custody of a child is responsible for these caretaking functions. If a child has two unmarried caregivers, the child's custodial parent is primarily responsible for doing these activities.

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