Guardianship is a legal relationship in which a person s or agency the guardian is appointed by the court to make decisions and act on behalf of a person who does not have adequate capacity to make such decisions involving the management of personal affairs, property, or both. A court process is required to create a guardianship. Additional information to help understand guardianship, including a video titled Understanding Guardianship , is available here. A guardian is a surrogate decision maker and advocate for an individual the ward who has been adjudicated incompetent by the court. The guardian must allow the ward to participate as much as possible in the decisions affecting him or her. The guardian is required to preserve the opportunity for the ward to exercise the rights that are within his or her comprehension and judgment, allowing for the same possibility of error as a person who is not incompetent.
Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice
NC DPS: Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice
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Adult Protective Services
Most parents dread late night or early morning phone calls which inform them that their son or daughter has been arrested. The nightmare is much worse if the child is in custody for a felony or another serious crime. Juvenile courts use methods like community service, education, and supervision to keep the juvenile from re-offending. In contrast, the adult justice system serves only to punish offenders, at least for the most part.