How to get your child or teen a temporary guardianship in Florida
Updated May 29, 2018 3:07:07The state’s temporary guardians will likely be required to have a parent or guardian who can work and pay the bills and pay their fees, but the guardian will also need to be able to demonstrate financial need and be in school to qualify for the right to be considered a guardian.
If a child or teenager has been in foster care or adopted out, then the guardianship will have to be approved by the court and signed by a judge.
The guardian’s job will be to keep the child in a secure home and to make sure the child has a safe and healthy environment.
The child will also be required:Read moreFlorida court system is struggling to deal with the influx of children needing guardianship.
According to a survey from the Florida Bar Association, the number of children in foster homes has doubled since the state passed a bill in 2017 that allowed guardianship to be granted to parents who can’t work.
While that bill, SB 2, has been criticized by advocates for families and advocates for the state, the state attorney general’s office says the number is actually much lower than what it claims.
The office is asking the courts to allow a parent to be guardians of a child who is in foster or adoption care without the approval of a judge, the attorney general said in a statement.