Legal/full age Laws vary by region, but usually anyone under the age of 18 cannot sign legal agreements.
Photographer + Parent(s) This release form should be signed by the photographer and any/all parent(s)/guardian(s).
Consideration A best practice is to be sure you're actually offering your subject a fair exchange of value for the release.
A minor model release is much like any standard model release form, in that it is a legally binding contract between the photographer and the client. In this case, it is a parent or guardian of a model who is under the age of 18.
You'll want to secure a model release if you anticipate any possible commercial use of the photographs taken during a specific photo session. This gives you legal safeguards against any future liabilities or possible lawsuits down the road.
Also, when possible, try to obtain a signature from both parents, which reduces the likelihood of the other parent attempting to revoke consent.
By obtaining a signed release, you can secure all rights to publish, sell or license photographs taken during a photoshoot. If you intend to offer "consideration" to your client, also include that in your release so that there is no ambiguity in the agreed upon terms (such as a specific payment or barter of goods--prints, digital images, etc).
The forms and contract templates made available on this website are a starting point and are offered for demonstration purposes only, and are not legal advice. When considering using any legal document, be sure to consult a practicing attorney to ensure the documents you use include the necessary language and that they comply with all laws in your area.