Q: What are the steps someone would need to take to get guardianship of a child in a unstable home?
I live in a unstable home and don't get the proper needs what would be the steps to take for someone to get guardianship of me?
A: If there is suspected child abuse or neglect, the proposed guardian could first report the suspected neglect to the Utah Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS). Call 1-855-323-DCFS (3237). A minor can also contact a school counselor or other adult to self report possible neglect. The school counselor or other adult could then report the suspected neglect to DCFS.
The proposed guardian could also file a petition with the district court asking to be appointed as a guardian but getting DCFS involved is important. DCFS can also bring an action for removing a minor from an unstable home if there is abuse or neglect.
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