Guardianship is a legal status in which the parents’ rights to
exercise physical and legal control over a child are suspended, and
an appropriate individual (guardian) is appointed by the court to
fulfill the parents’ responsibilities. Guardianship is one of three
permanent plans, which may be ordered by the Juvenile Court for a
dependent child who cannot be reunified with their parent. The
Probate Court appoints guardians for non-dependent children.