Is Adoption or Guardianship a Better Fit?


Adoption and guardianship have some similarities; however, adoption is permanent and requires the termination of birth parent rights. Guardianship can be reversed and often dissolves when the child becomes an adult. This tip sheet further defines adoption and guardianship and discusses the benefits and challenges of each option.


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Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
Additional Author: Foster Care & Adoption Resource Center
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