Sometimes, certain life circumstances prevent a parent from being able to care for their child(ren). In these cases, a third-party (usually a family member, such as a grandparent to the child) can be appointed as Guardian of the child on either a temporary or permanent basis. Guardianships of a minor can be uncontested if all parties agree to the terms of the Guardianship or contested if someone objects to the Guardianship.
Some common scenarios in which a Guardianship may be appropriate include:
A parent is hospitalized or ill
Incarceration of a parent
Mental health issues
If a parent needs to relocate without the child
DCF (Department of Children and Families) involvement with the family