Guardianship and Adoption
Adoption and legal guardianship are two different routes to caring for a child whose parents or other guardians are unable to provide a home. A legal guardianship makes you responsible for the child until he reaches age 18. An adoption makes the child's legal status the same as if he was your birth child.
Adopting a child is a more complex approval process than you would face as a potential guardian, including a rigorous home study by a social worker that can last for months. To adopt your child, you may spend a little or a lot. Sometimes it may cost up to $40,000 or more if you are adopting an infant through a private adoption conducted by an attorney.
A legal guardian is a person authorized to make legal and financial decisions for the person they are appointed guardian of. In the case of children, guardianship allows an adult these rights without terminating the rights of the parents. You may wish to obtain guardianship of a child because of a situation at home that provides poor stability. Legal guardianship will allow you to enroll the child in school, get medical insurance and help with other important decisions.
Whether you are considering adoption or legal guardianship, our professionals at Lizarraga Law, APC are prepared to carefully discuss options for you and your family to determine what is in your family’s best interest.