Effective immediately, the Guardianship Assistance Desk for Minors at 69 W. Washington, Suite 1020 will help individuals file pro se petitions to appoint standby guardians. Standby guardianships are appropriate for parents who wish to make arrangements for a guardian to care for their children that would go in effect at a later date. Once approved by the court, the standby guardianship takes effect if and when a specific “precipitating event” described in the guardianship order, happens. While it can be used by undocumented parents worried about being deported, please note that, at present, the court will not grant guardianship, including standby guardianship, to anyone without legal status in the United States.
The help desk can also provide information on short-term guardianship, which is a private party document that does not require court involvement. Contact Rebekah Rashidfarokhi, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.