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Title 14 : Decedents Estates and Fiduciary Relations

Chapter 111 : Guardianship

Subchapter 002 : Persons for Whom Guardians Appointed

(Cite as: 14 V.S.A. § 2661)
  • § 2661. Definitions

    For the purposes of this article:

    (1) “Best interests of the child” means a determination, based on consideration of all relevant factors and available options, of circumstances that will best provide the child with at a minimum all the following:

    (A) Adequate food.

    (B) Clothing.

    (C) Health care.

    (D) Any other material needs.

    (E) A safe and nurturing environment that meets the child’s present and future developmental needs and promotes appropriate interactions and relationships with family members, foster family, and other people who will play a constructive role in the child’s life.

    (F) Support to help the child adjust to home, school, and community.

    (2) “Parent” means the parent or parents of a minor.

    (3) “Permanent guardian” means one or two adults appointed by the court to act as a parent for a child during the child’s minority.

    (4) “Permanent guardianship” means a legal guardianship of a minor that is intended to continue with the same guardian, based on the guardian’s express commitment, for the duration of the child’s minority.

    (5) “Relative” means a grandparent, great-grandparent, sibling, first cousin, aunt, uncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, niece, or nephew of a person, whether related to the person by the whole or the half blood, affinity, or adoption. The term does not include a person’s stepparent. (Added 1999, No. 162 (Adj. Sess.), § 2.)