I look after a friend’s child and have been doing so for a long time. Can I apply for a Deed Poll for them? - UK Deed Poll Office

I look after a friend’s child and have been doing so for a long time. Can I apply for a Deed Poll for them?

If you are looking after a child that is not your own, you should first consult with the child’s parents.  The circumstances will depend upon the age of the child and the degree of involvement that you have had in caring for them, compared to the involvement of their parents and/or anyone else.  We suggest that, if you cannot resolve this situation with the parents, and the child is still insistent about wanting to change their name, you consult solicitors or the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.