To become the guardian of a child; a person, preferably a family member, a close friend, or a local official responsible for the child’s welfare, will petition the court to appoint a guardian for the child. An Affidavit of Guardianship form is used to petition the court in the matter of guardianship over minors.
The Affidavit of Guardianship must specify the relationship of the proposed guardian to the minor under oath. The Affidavit of Guardianship affirms to the court who the guardian is and that the guardian is competent enough to care for the minors in question.
An Affidavit of Guardianship contains the following:
• A place for the name and address of the proposed guardian.
• A place for the names and ages of the minor children or incompetent adults.
• There may be a space where the proposed guardian can make a statement as to whether a specific harm may come to the children if you are not appointed guardian.
• Signature fields and a place for the notary seal and stamp.
The guardianship of a minor will remain under court supervision until the child reaches eighteen years of age.