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Who can become a legal guardian or adoptive parent?

Do you live in the state of California? Are you interested in becoming a legal guardian or adoptive parent? If you answered yes to both questions, you must become familiar with the legal system that is currently in place. This will go a long way in helping you understand your rights and the steps you need to take.

Generally speaking, a legal guardian can be any relative or non-related adult. For adoption, the law is flexible in regards to age requirements. As long as you are of legal age and as long as you have the health and desire to be an adoptive parent, this is something to consider.

Here are some other points associated with becoming a legal guardian or adoptive parent:

-- An adoptive parent or guardian does not have to be a homeowner. Instead, you can live in a leased or rented property.

-- It's a myth that a high income is required in order to become a guardian or adoptive parent. The only requirement is an income sufficient to provide basic family needs.

-- The Adoption Assistance Program is in place to provide medical coverage and monthly payments to many adopted children in the state of California.

Every year throughout California, thousands of people take the first step in adopting a child. Since there is so much that goes into this, it's important to learn more about the law and what's expected of you. This will work in your favor as the process moves forward and you begin to make key decisions. An attorney can answer any questions you may have about adoption.

Source: County of Riverside, Department of Public Social Services, "Adoptions/Legal Guardianship," accessed Dec. 23, 2016

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