Who can be a child’s guardian? What does a guardian do?

A person over 18 years old can be a legal guardian for a person under 18.  Guardians are usually relatives or family friends – responsible people who the child knows well.  The guardian is responsible for the child’s care including but not limited to:

  • Proving a safe place to live
  • Making sure the child is clothed and fed
  • Enrolling the child in school and making sure the child goes to school
  • Regularly bringing the child to see a doctor and dentist

Guardians should be kind and loving toward the child and provide appropriate guidance on learning life skills.