How to Become a Child’s Guardian

Comment devenir le tuteur d’un enfant

This fact sheet describes the new BC Family Law Act requirements for anyone applying to court to become a child’s guardian. Anyone who wants to become a guardian can apply, including a parent who isn’t a guardian, or any other person (relative or non-relative).

The fact sheet includes:

  • links to the self-help guides on the Family Law in BC website that you can use to help you with the application process, and
  • links to additional forms that you need to fill out.

It also contains information about the Extended Family Program, which may be a better option for those people who want to temporarily look after relatives’ or friends’ child because the Ministry of Children and Family Development is involved with the family.

The Provincial Court rules changed in May 2021. Please note, links and forms on the French version may be out of date.

This resource is for people who are comfortable reading and may have some legal knowledge.

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