When a Seattle mother and father are unable to care for their child, a family member may step in and petition for legal guardianship of the child. This is so the child is not taken away by the state and put into a foster agency. While family members may mean well, guardianship comes with a lot of responsibilities. It's similar to being the child's parent, which means that the guardian must be able to provide both emotional and financial support for the child.
Caring for one's own biological child is demanding enough, and it can be even more challenging when the child is not your own. The child in question may be your grandchild, niece, nephew or even your own sibling. If the parents are still alive and have legal rights to the child, then you may be able to seek financial support from them. If not, then you may be able to receive money from Social Security. Any money you receive must go directly to the child's care and you may have to provide regular reports as proof.