A West Virginia minor (child) power of attorney grants a trusted individual authority over a minor. For the term the parent specifies, the attorney-in-fact gains the authority to make decisions on the child’s behalf. The agent fulfills a role similar to the parent’s in the event the parent can’t perform their responsibilities due to military deployment, travel, or other circumstances.
The parent or legal guardian can tailor the level of authority they grant. While the attorney-in-fact may have permission to make decisions about the child’s health care and schooling, they may have restrictions when it comes to consent for the minor’s marriage or abortion.