A Kinship Guardian will have all the same powers as a parent except for the right to consent to an adoption or consent to a marriage.
a Kinship Guardian will be able to take children to the doctor, enroll children in school and sports activities and sign permission slips for the children.
You can apply to be a Kinship Guardian, IF:
The children are related to you or you have a close relationship with them AND:
- The children have lived with you for at least 90 days straight; OR
- Their parents agree with you being the children’s Kinship Guardian.
A Kinship Guardianship requires:
- filing forms at the courthouse
- giving notice to the children’s parents
- having a court hearing with a judge
Some reasons people ask to become Kinship Guardian include:
- Children living with them because the parents can’t take care of them because of medical reasons;
- Children living with them temporarily while parents are out-of-town or in jail;
- Children living with them because the parents have drug or alcohol issues;
- Children placed with them through CYFD action; and
- Children living with them because a parent is deceased.