Is a guardianship Adoption the right choice for you? If you have had a full guardianship in place for two years and the child's parents have not substantially support or frequently communicated or visited with the child you are caring for, then an adoption might be a good choice for you. Frequently Asked Questions Q. Can a guardian adopt the child they are caring for? It depends. If the guardianship is a full guardianship, then the Court may be petitioned and an Order may be made by the Court allowing the guardian to file for adoption in Circuit Court. A guardian cannot start the adoption process until the judge in the guardianship case has issued an Order allowing for the filing of the adoption petition. Q. What if the parents won't consent to the adoption? To adopt a child under a guardianship, both parents must consent to the adoption or have their rights involuntarily terminated by the Court. To terminate the parents rights, you would have to file a neglect petition in juvenile court. The legal parents may have an attorney appointed to them by the courts and hearing would be held to determine if they have neglected the child under the Michigan neglect statutes. Q: What are the costs involved in adopting? A: It depends on your particular situation. The filing fees and additional court costs are around $300; however, legal fees vary depending on whether the parents consent to the adoption or if there rights have to be involuntarily terminated.