- Legal Guardianship – Legal guardianship is a court order that says someone who is not the child’s parent is in charge of taking care of the child. Legal guardians have many of the same rights and responsibilities as parents.
Guardianship is most frequently used by relative caregivers who wish to provide a permanent home for the child and maintain relationships with extended family members. Unlike adoption requirements, caregivers can assume legal guardianship of a child in out-of-home care without termination of parental rights.
- Non-related Legal Guardian
- Relative Guardian (Kinship Guardian)
- NOTE: There are 2 kinds of guardianships in California. Most guardianship cases are in probate court. If Child Protective Services (CPS) is involved in the case or the child is a dependent of the juvenile court, the guardianship case will probably be in juvenile court.