Appointment of Guardian
appoint a legal guardian if [WIC §360(a); CRC 5.620(d), 5.695(b)(1)]:
parent advised you that he or she is not interested in reunification
or family maintenance services;
find that the parent, and the child if of sufficient age and comprehension,
knowingly waive reunification services and agree to the appointment
of a guardian [see form JV-195]; and
find that a guardianship is in the child’s best interests.
appoint a legal guardian, you must [WIC §360(a); CRC 5.695(b)(2), (3)]:
on the record that you read and considered the assessment prepared
pursuant to WIC §361.5(g) (governing assessments prepared for a .26 hearing
following denial of reunification services);
your findings and the factual bases for them;
the parent that no reunification services will be offered or provided;
any appropriate visitation orders;
that letters of guardianship be issued [see form JV-330]; and
a six-month review hearing if you declare the child to be a dependent.
REFERENCE >> For a form of order to appoint a guardian, see form JV-418. For forms of consent and waiver of rights when a guardian is appointed, see forms JV-419 and JV-419A.