Thank you for your clarification.Should
there be one? Well, it is not legally necessary. In other words, there is no law that states that all parents should provide a consent/waiver form.
However, is there a good idea
that there be one? Yes. This is because:
1) The entity would want to show that it had all the rights to control the child on the field trip (doctrine of in loco parentis
) and to make decisions for them in cases of emergencies, etc; and
2) It is not a bad idea to also have the parents waive their rights to pursue suit if something was to happen to their child(ren). This minimizes liability of the church.
Example:I, __________, hereby give permission for ______ to take my child, ____________, of whom I am a lawful parent/guardian, to (location/field trip) AND/OR engage in the following activity: ____________.
In doing so, I am giving (Church name), hereinafter "Church," the right to make reasonable decisions for the child's well-being and emergency if necessary during the duration of this activity.
In addition, for reasonable and binding consideration, I hereby waive any/all rights of pursuit of civil litigation against the Church for any tortuous action, negligence, and/or breach of contract on behalf of the child for the duration of the activity described above.
This waiver extends to my agents, employees, representatives, successors and assigns, and covers the Church and its agents, employees, representatives, successors and assigns.
This may be a good example.
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