Any person, including a minor, who's interested in the welfare of a child can petition for a guardian to be appointed for the child.
Who can become a guardian?
To be eligible to become a guardian, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Live in the United States
- Not have a criminal record of child abuse or neglect
The judge will decide if you're able to be a guardian and that your appointment would be in the best interest of the child. If the child is over 14 years old, the judge will appoint a person chosen by the child, unless that wouldn't be in the best interest of the child.