For one reason or another, many California parents find themselves unable to parent their children, or a court deems them unable to do so. In these situations there are essentially two options. The first is adoption, which permanently severs a parent's legal rights to his or her child. The other option is guardianship. Guardianship can give another individual legal custody of a child while a parent is unable to properly care for the child. Yet, it is important to keep in mind that guardianships are temporary in nature.
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.
There may be many reasons why a child's parents may be temporarily incapable of caring for the child. When this is the case, a court in California may appoint a probate guardian to a child. A guardian may gain custody over the child, may be able to manage the property the child owns, or both. However, child guardianship is different from adoption.