Private Guardianship provides an alternative to adoption as a permanency option for children. Any adult who has had the continuous care of a child for a period of more that six months may apply to the Court for a private guardianship order if the child or the applicant resides in Alberta. The court application may be made on behalf of the applicant by the Ministry with respect to a child who is in the permanent care of the Ministry.
The court may consider the application
- if it is in the best interest of the child
- if the child is 12 years of age or older and consents to the guardianship
- if the guardian(s) of the child have given proper consents
The court may grant the order
- if the court is satisfied that the applicant is able and willing to assume the responsibility of a guardian toward the child, and
- if the applicant is suitable to be appointed as a guardian
A home study report completed by a qualified person may be required by the court if the child is not in permanent care of the Ministry. A home assessment report completed by the Ministry is required to apply for private guardianship of a child who is in the permanent care of the Ministry.
If the child was in government care at the time of the private guardianship order, and was the subject of a Permanent Guardianship Agreement or Permanent Guardianship Order, the person who was made the private guardian of the child may qualify for assistance under the Supports for Permanency.