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Title 14 : Decedents Estates and Fiduciary Relations

Chapter 111 : GUARDIANSHIP


(Cite as: 14 V.S.A. § 2629)
  • § 2629. Powers and duties of guardian

    (a) The court shall specify the powers and duties of the guardian in the guardianship order.

    (b) The duties of a custodial guardian shall include the duty to:

    (1) take custody of the child and establish his or her place of residence, provided that a guardian shall not change the residence of the child to a location outside the State of Vermont without prior authorization by the court following notice to the parties and an opportunity for hearing;

    (2) make decisions related to the child’s education;

    (3) make decisions related to the child’s physical and mental health, including consent to medical treatment and medication;

    (4) make decisions concerning the child’s contact with others, provided that the guardian shall comply with all provisions of the guardianship order regarding parent-child contact and contact with siblings;

    (5) receive funds paid for the support of the child, including child support and government benefits; and

    (6) file an annual status report to the Probate Division, with a copy to each parent at his or her last known address, including the following information:

    (A) the current address of the child and each parent;

    (B) the child’s health care and health needs, including any medical and mental health services the child received;

    (C) the child’s educational needs and progress, including the name of the child’s school, day care, or other early education program, the child’s grade level, and the child’s educational achievements;

    (D) contact between the child and his or her parents, including the frequency and duration of the contact and whether it was supervised;

    (E) how the parents have been involved in decision making for the child;

    (F) how the guardian has carried out his or her responsibilities and duties, including efforts made to include the child’s parents in the child’s life;

    (G) the child’s strengths, challenges, and any other areas of concern; and

    (H) recommendations with supporting reasons as to whether the guardianship order should be continued, modified, or terminated. (Added 2013, No. 170 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)