In very extreme situations where both
parents are no longer able to care for a dependent, family members or even a
friend of the family may step up and request 'guardianship'.
guardianship action can be initiated when a friend or family member other than a biological
parent seeks either temporary or permanent decision making prior in respect to a
child, and typically apply until the child turns 18 years of age. Guardianship
actions are brought before the Probate department of the
court for a variety of different reasons and a unique set of laws and evidentiary
Here's more information about guardianship in the State of California:
1. Parent's still have parental rights. 2. The courts can end a guardianship
if the parents become able to take care of the child. 3. Guardians can
be supervised by the court. If you are a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.
who wishes to become a court-appointed guardian, or if someone is trying
to obtain a guardianship of your child, grandchild, or other relative,
consider reading more about this topic at California Courts Judicial Branch