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Infant guardianship vs. adoption in West Virginia

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2022 | Family Law

There are a few different ways to become a parent. You can have a child naturally, you can use assisted reproductive technology, or you can adopt or take guardianship of a child. The last two options, adoption and guardianship, are both legal processes that have different requirements and steps to follow.

What is adoption?

Adoption is a legal process that permanently transfers the parental rights and responsibilities of a birth parent to an adoptive parent. The child then becomes a legally recognized member of the adoptive family with all the rights and privileges that come with that status.

This option is ideal for families who are unable to have children of their own or for families who want to provide a home for a child in need. Like many family law matters, adoption is a permanent decision, so be sure you are ready for this big change before moving forward.

What is infant guardianship?

Guardianship is a process in family law that gives an adult the authority to make decisions on behalf of an infant. This option is often used when the child’s birth parents are unable or unwilling to care for the child, when the child has been orphaned or when the family wants to provide a home for a foster child. This method does not permanently transfer the parental rights and responsibilities to the guardian, but it does allow the family to make decisions on behalf of the child and provide a stable home environment.

If you’re interested in becoming a parent through adoption or guardianship, there are a few things you should keep in mind. You’ll need to decide which process is right for you and your family. Adoption is a permanent process that will change the legal status of the child, and guardianship is a temporary arrangement that does not permanently transfer parental rights.