"A guardian is a creature of statute, and has only those powers that are prescribed by statute."[FN1] The powers and responsibilities of a guardian are the same as a parent, except a guardian is not obligated to provide for the ward from his own funds[FN2] and may not be liable to third persons by reason of parental relationship for acts of the ward.[FN3] Unlike with parents, there is no right of inheritance between the child and guardian.
Generally, guardianship confers custody of the ward although not always.[FN4] If the guardian is not a parent, once the guardian is appointed and obtains custody of the minor, the parents no longer have responsibility for the child's day-to-day care,[FN5] although they may still be liable for support.
Duties of the guardian include: the providing of food, clothing, shelter and necessities; authorizing medical and psychological care;[FN6] assuring the child learn
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