The office, duty, or care, of a guardian; protection; care; watch.
Federal law defines legal guardianship as a judicially created relationship between child and caregiver intended to be permanent and self-sustaining. The following parental rights with respect to the child are transferred to the caretaker: protection, education, care and control, custody, and decision-making. This form of permanency may be used when adoption is not the preferred option, as determined by a court in conjunction with the agency recommendation and input from the child and caregivers.
If a person has the guardianship of a child, they have the responsibility of a child's daily care as well as decisions relating to the child's long term care.â€¢ Child Maintenance/Child Supportâ€¢ Children & Civil Lawâ€¢ Children & Criminal Lawâ€¢ Children & Family Law