Civil Court Guardianship
When Child Welfare IS NOT Involved
Without child welfare involvement, you cannot become a guardian in North Carolina unless there is no legal living parent. In other words, if the child has at least one living parent and is not in foster care, you need to get a custody order from a civil district court. However, the Department of Social Services can file for Juvenile Court Guardianship on your behalf if the child is in foster care.
NC Legal Options for Kinship Caregivers
- Temporary Parental Safety Agreement
- Becoming a Licensed Kinship Foster Parent
- Caregiving Without Becoming a Foster Parent