2020 Indiana Code
Title 29. Probate
Article 3. Guardianships and Protective Proceedings
Chapter 8. Responsibilities and Powers of Guardian
29-3-8-9. Requirements, Terms, and Conditions Included in Order Creating Guardianship; Requirements for Modifying or Terminating Guardianship; Notify and Refer to Department of Child Services; Conduct of Hearing

Universal Citation: IN Code § 29-3-8-9 (2020)

Sec. 9. (a) A probate or juvenile court may include in its order creating a guardianship of a minor the following:

(1) A requirement that the minor must reside with the guardian until the guardianship is terminated or modified.

(2) Any terms and conditions that a parent must meet in order to seek modification or termination of the guardianship.

(b) Except as provided in IC 29-3-12, if an order creating a guardianship contains terms and conditions described in subsection (a)(2), the court may modify or terminate the guardianship only if the parent:

(1) complies with the terms and conditions; and

(2) proves the parent's current fitness to assume all parental obligations by a preponderance of the evidence.

(c) If:

(1) a petition is filed for modification, resignation, or removal of the guardian or termination of the guardianship before the parent complies with the court ordered terms and conditions described in subsection (a)(2); and

(2) the minor:

(A) was the subject of a petition alleging the child to be a child in need of services; or

(B) is participating in a program of informal adjustment;

the court shall refer the petition to the department of child services for the department of child services to determine the placement of the child in accordance with the best interests of the child.

(d) A court shall notify the department of child services:

(1) if:

(A) the court appoints a guardian for a minor who:

(i) was the subject of a petition alleging the minor to be a child in need of services; or

(ii) is participating in a program of informal adjustment; and

(B) a petition to modify or terminate the guardianship of the minor or a petition regarding the death, resignation, or removal of the guardian is filed; and

(2) of any hearings related to the petitions described under subdivision (1)(B).

(e) If a minor was the subject of a petition alleging the minor to be a child in need of services or is participating in a program of informal adjustment, the court shall do the following at a hearing regarding a petition filed under this section:

(1) Consider the position of the department of child services.

(2) If requested by the department of child services, allow the department of child services to present evidence regarding:

(A) whether the guardianship should be modified or terminated;

(B) the fitness of the parent to provide for the care and supervision of the minor at the time of the hearing;

(C) the appropriate care and placement of the child; and

(D) the best interests of the child.

(f) The department of child services or the proposed guardian shall notify the court creating a guardianship if the department of child services has approved financial assistance to a guardian for the benefit of the protected person, as a component of child services (as defined in IC 31-9-2-17.8(1)(E)). If the guardian will be provided assistance as a component of child services, the court shall order the guardian to provide financial support to the protected person to the extent the following resources do not fully support the needs of the protected person:

(1) The guardianship property of the protected person.

(2) Child support or other financial assistance received by the guardian from the protected person's parent or parents.

(3) Periodic payments the guardian receives from the department of child services for support of the protected person as set forth in the department of child service's rules or the terms of the guardianship assistance agreement.

As added by P.L.162-2011, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.48-2012, SEC.8.

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