KYIV — Gov.
Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he signed a bill that would legalize guardianship services in the state, a change that comes as Kentucky is facing the fallout from the death of a 10-year-old boy who died after being left in a hot car for days.
The legislation approved by the state House of Representatives Tuesday allows parents to have the children’s guardianship over their children if the children are younger than 16 and can prove the children cannot care for themselves financially.
It also requires the guardian to work in the child’s community for at least four months.
The bill allows guardianship for children between the ages of 18 and 21 and requires that a child must be at least 18 years old to seek guardian status.
The law is modeled after one passed in New Mexico in 2013 and has become a model for states across the country, said Rep. James Stemberg, R-Lebanon, the bill’s author.
The New Mexico law allows parents who are legally guardians to apply for guardianship and also allows guardians to serve on a county court.