A look at how to get a free guardian to care for your children in Canada
A free guardian is a person who has not been formally appointed to care after birth.
It is the most common form of guardianship in Canada and can be obtained in a number of different ways, including by a court order, court order under the Canadian Human Rights Act or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
But for some families who are not entitled to a court-appointed guardian, a temporary guardian may be able to help them out.
The Globe and Mail’s team of guardians and legal experts spoke to experts, lawyers, family members, and advocates about how to best go about getting a free guardianship.
What to do if you’re not a registered carer How to apply to be a temporary carer to your child’s care What to look for when applying for a temporary guardians’ position What happens when you need to go back to court to get an order from a court to be given a free-of-charge temporary guardianships How to get the temporary guardians order What to say if your child is not being considered for a free, temporary guardians-in-possession arrangement A brief guide to temporary guardians orders What you need on your application How to find a temporary and permanent guardians in your area How to file a claim for child support and child support arrears If you’re worried about being a free or temporary guardian, the Globe and, in the future, the CBC, have advice on how to keep yourself and your children safe.
What do you need help with if you need a temporary order?
To find out more, call the Children’s Advocacy Centre at 1-800-668-7834.