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Guardianship is a legal process that gives one person legal authority over another. The most common use for guardianship is a family member or close friend of a child’s parents becoming guardian over a child or other family member. However, that is not the only use for guardianship. It is also used for disabled adults who can no longer take care of themselves due to mental and/or physical incapacitation.
Types of Guardianship
The role of a guardian depends on the disabled person:
A guardian has the same responsibilities to a child as a child’s biological parent. An individual may obtain legal guardianship of a child in Illinois because a child’s biological parents cannot properly care for them, a child’s biological parents passed away in a tragic accident, a minor child is living with a disability, or senior adults do not have the ability to care for themselves.
Types of Guardianships
In Illinois, an individual can become a permanent legal guardian, a guardian ad litem, a standby guardian, or a short-term guardian. Let’s take a closer look at how each of these four types of guardianships are defined.
What is Guardianship?
Guardianship is a court process that grants a non-parent legal custody of a child. Guardianship allows a non-parent to act in place of a parent to make decisions that will affect the welfare of a child. Guardians have to guarantee that the child receives food, clothing, and shelter, as well as an education and appropriate medical care.