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Guardianship issues when children have special needs

Previous posts here have discussed how Massachusetts residents may be able to obtain a guardianship in order to give them legal authority over minor children in their care. Guardianships are particularly useful to grandparents in the Springfield area, as well as other adults who might be giving care to their younger loved ones. These people need the legal authority to take care of these children and provide for their needs by taking the doctor and enrolling them in school, among many other tasks.

Representing parents, relatives in guardianship cases

As previous posts have discussed, there are many situations in which a Springfield, Massachusetts, resident may need to step in and be able to take care of a young relative or other child in their lives. These people will need to have legal authority in order to do what they need to do to take care of the child, and a guardianship is a way to get that authority. In some situations, the friend or relative seeking guardianship is doing so in part to prevent the child from going through the public welfare system.

Guardianship for grandparents is an option in abuse cases

While grandparents in Springfield, Massachusetts probably hope that their children will go on to be successful mothers and fathers who love and care for their own children properly, the reality is that sometimes children just do not learn the lessons of parenting that they were taught.

Guardianship for grandparents is an option in abuse cases

While grandparents in Springfield, Massachusetts probably hope that their children will go on to be successful mothers and fathers who love and care for their own children properly, the reality is that sometimes children just do not learn the lessons of parenting that they were taught.

A temporary guardianship solution may be best for child

Not everyone has an ideal family unit and living situation. Sometimes family strife or other issues can cause a child's home life to be less than ideal. If a child is living in a poor or toxic home environment with their parent or other legal guardian, it may be time for a change. A new guardianship arrangement can be made to benefit the best interests of the child.

Why might guardianship of a child come to an end?

In the event that a Massachusetts' child does not receive the care and support that they require from their parents, either through the incapacity or death of those parents, the child may be appointed a guardian to see to their needs. A guardian has many responsibilities to the child that becomes their ward, including but not limited to ensuring that the child has food and shelter, is attending school, receives medical care and has their legal rights protected.

What is temporary guardianship?

A guardian is a person who is responsible for taking care of a person who cannot take care of themselves. In Massachusetts the courts can appoint guardians for adults who are incapacitated or otherwise unable to make decisions to support their wellbeing. They can also appoint guardians for kids who do not have parents or other adults able to provide them with support.

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