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Adoption Questions: What is the difference between guardianship and adoption in Indiana?

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Hi, Steve Kirsh and Yogi Here with the answer to today’s adoption question. The questions is: “What is the difference between a guardianship and adoption?”

The answer is that guardianship is not a permanent arrangement. A person who is appointed as guardian of a child has a legal responsibility for caring for that child until a court orders otherwise.

Adoption creates a legal relationship of parent and child. Adoption is permanent. In an adoption the parental rights of the biological parents are terminated in a guardianship they are not. An adoption is a permanent, life-long arrangement not subject to further court review after it has been granted.

A guardianship is always subject to further court review. And a court always has an obligation to do what is in the best interest of a child in the case of a guardianship.

I hope that is helpful. Yogi and I are always here to answer questions as you have them.

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