However, our world is far from ideal, and many children cannot live with their parents. If you know a minor in that position, you may be looking into obtaining conservatorship of a minor.
When minors are involved, a conservatorship is called a guardianship. As with a conservatorship for adults, the conservator has responsibilities for the ward’s physical and financial well-being. Here is everything you need to know about guardianships in California.
What Is the Difference Between Guardianship and Conservatorship of a Minor?
In the state of California, there is no such thing as a conservatorship of a minor. Instead, the legal term for when someone who is not the minor’s biological or adopted parents taking care of the child is a guardianship.
Many of the responsibilities are the same when it comes to adult conservatorship and guardianship. However, a guardianship is by nature temporary because it only lasts until a ward reaches adulthood.
If a court decides that someone over the age of 18 needs protection, that person can enter into two types of conservatorships—a Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) or a probate conservatorship. LPS conservatorships are temporary if a person is severely incapacitated and needs someone to make medical decisions on their behalf. Probate conservatorships are more general and last indefinitely.