A guardianship of the person is sometimes needed when, no matter how much parents love their child, they are not able to parent.
In California, when the court gives custody of a child under the age of 18, or the child's property, or both, to an adult caregiver, this is called a legal guardianship. The guardian then has the authority to make decisions for the young child that a parent would normally make. The guardian also assumes certain duties and obligations regarding the child's care and control.
The guardian is responsible for the child's care, including the child's:
- Food, clothing and shelter
- Safety and protection
- Physical and emotional growth
- Medical and dental care
- Education and any special needs
The guardian is also be responsible for supervision of the child and may be liable for any intentional damage the child may cause.
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