Children in California have a right to a safe, secure and stable home. While in general parents usually exercises substantial rights with regards to the care of their child, there are times when the child's needs are not being met, and the parents are deemed unfit. When this happens, a guardian will be appointed to take over the child's care.
In essence, guardianship is a legal action in which a person who is not the child's legal parents pursues custody over the child because the child's parents are no longer fit to care for the child. Guardianship is often pursued by relatives, such as a grandparent, an aunt or an uncle. However, even people who aren't related to the child can seek guardianship, if appropriate.
That being said, pursuing guardianship is not necessarily something a person wants to handle on their own. Those who are worried about a child's well-being may want to seek the advice of an attorney, such as those at the Law Office of Cecil & Cianci, P.C. These professionals will help explain one's legal options, to determine if seeking guardianship is a possibility. Sometimes, if a child's parents both die before the child is grown, they may have named a guardian in their estate plan. If so, an attorney can be essential in making sure this person becomes the child's guardian.
In the end, children need not only love but safety and stability, in order to thrive. Unfortunately, circumstances occur in which a child's parents are unfit to care for the child. When that happens, a guardian may need to be appointed to take over care of the child. The following child guardianship webpage may help residents of California learn more about this important topic.