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Frequently Asked Questons: What is the difference between adoption and guardianship?

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Adoptions

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What is the difference between adoption and guardianship?

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Adoption is the permanent legal assumption of all parental rights and responsibilities for a child. Adoptive parents have the same legal rights and responsibilities as parents whose children are born to them. Guardianship establishes responsibility, which is not permanent, for caring for and financially supporting a child and may be subject to ongoing supervision of the court.  For information on non-relative guardianships, contact San Bernardino County Adoption Services at (909) 891-3300 and ask for the Guardianship Worker or Program Supervisor.

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Created at 1/17/2014 6:20 PM by Burkhardt, Kim
Last modified at 1/17/2014 6:20 PM by Burkhardt, Kim