Understanding Guardianship

Legal guardianship is a decision made by a judge that a person other than his or her parent will have custody of him or her. Guardianship gives an adult the child lives with has the authority to make decisions for the child that a parent would normally have made. The guardian has the right to raise the child without the his or her parents getting involved. A guardian can be any person over the age of 18 and are typically relatives or family friends of the child.