Guardianship papers grant a family or non-family member authority to oversee the well being of a child. The papers themselves do not qualify as grounds for permanent transfer of custody. At the same time, if you are a potential guardian, you can draw up your own papers --- in coordination with the parents --- with the help of your county family court.
Draft the main section of guardianship authorization. Include the child's full legal name and date of birth. Provide all relevant medical and dental information, including insurance policy numbers, names of physicians and serious medical issues suffered by the child. Be specific with all information. Include subsections for parent and guardian information: names, addresses and contact information. Write out emergency contact data as well.
Draft the Authorization and Consent of Parent section. The ACP section should list the parent's acknowledgement that they are openly granting temporary permission to empower the guardian to make academic, religious, educational and medical determinations on behalf of the child. Most importantly, this section must state the parent gives the guardian the right to house and care for the child. Establish beginning and ending dates the guardianship is valid.
Make three copies of the document and take them to a Notary Public for authorization. Sign the document and have the parent --- or parents --- sign in the presence of the notary. One copy is given to the parents and one to the guardian.
Take the third copy to the office of the clerk for the family court in your county. Most family court offices are located in civil and/or district court buildings. Present at least two current forms of identification --- a passport and birth certificate, for example --- and tell the clerk you wish to file the document for court records. While this step is not always necessary, some counties demand that a family court justice review the document for legally certification. Pay any processing fees as directed by the clerk.