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Caretaking Functions

Please note that the legal information presented on this page is written for those living in the state of Illinois.

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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