Special Guardianship is specifically for family members taking on the permanent care of a child within the family. Special Guardianship Orders (SGO) were primarily introduced to fill the gap between Child Arrangement Orders (CAOs) and adoption.
If you are caring for a child that is not your own because their parents are not able to look after them you can obtain an order giving you legal recognition and responsibility and, in some cases, practical and financial support that may be required. The parents retain their parental responsibility and should be informed and consulted where appropriate, but the Special Guardian is able is make the ultimate decision, even if the parents do not respond or co-operate.
Our experienced team of solicitors are able to offer specialist advice and guide you through what can be a daunting and complex process; whether you require a one-off advice session or representation in obtaining a special guardianship order.