Under a new state law that started in January 2021, this court process authorizes someone to take care of a child who is not their own. The process is officially called guardianship of a minor.
*A minor is any child under age 18.
Your legal guardian would have the same duties and responsibilities toward you as a parent regarding your support, care, education, health, safety and welfare. They would also get physical custody of you. You would live with them.
The court will only award someone guardianship of you if is in your best interest and one of these is true:
Your parents agree to the guardianship.
Their parental rights have been legally ended by a court (terminated).
No parent is willing or able to take care of you.