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?
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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