For all sorts of reasons, parents are sometimes unable to look after their children. In some cases, family and friends are called upon to help out and take on the role of the child’s carer and all the responsibility that comes with it. Perhaps you are the child’s carer or maybe you are a foster carer. If so, special guardianship may be appropriate for you and the child you are caring for. Our family law experts can help you acquire the legal framework to make decisions about the child’s upbringing, so that you can provide a loving home to the child until he or she is 18. Unlike adoption, special guardianship does not completely remove the parental responsibility of a child’s birth parents, but instead preserves the link between the child and his or her birth parents. At the same time it allows the special guardian to care for the child on a day-to-day basis and gives them responsibility for making the bigger decisions that will impact on the child’s life with full, legal security.