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Selecting a child guardian

Once a person in California becomes a parent, it is amazing how quickly life becomes about the child rather than the parent. The responsibility that parents bear to care for their children covers many things and actually extends beyond their life on earth when their children are young. The need to identify a guardian for minor children is important for all parents. This is the only way for a parent to know that their child will actually be raised by the person they want should something happen to the parents prematurely.

As Today's Parent explains, the lack of any documented guardian identification leaves open the possibility for friends or family members to get into a battle over who will raise children. It also means that placement into foster care could happen if nobody is identified as able to take on the responsibility for children after their parents die. If more than one person requests guardianship, a court may have the ultimate decision that may be better made by parents ahead of time.

According to Baby Center, parents will want to consider many factors when identifying who they will name as their children's guardian. This includes not only parenting styles but also general lifestyles and values. 

Frank discussions with potential guardians should include the topics of education, religion, health care, morals and more. The role of non-guardian extended family members should also be considered as maintaining these connections may be important to the well-being of the children. If the guardians have children of their own, discussions should include how the different children will blend together.



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