What are the benefits of guardianship?
Becoming a legal guardian for a child has many benefits. Unlike foster parents or kinship caregivers, guardians have decision-making responsibilities for the minors in their care. For instance, they have the authority to consent to marriage, enlistment in the armed forces, and medical treatment. Unless granted by the court to another person, guardians have legal custody. Wis. Stat. 48.023(1-4). In addition, guardians may claim the minors in their care as exemptions on their tax forms. Guardianship is also viewed as a permanency option. Once guardianship is granted, the child welfare case is generally closed. In most instances, supervision by child protective services is no longer required.