Is the child of a relative or close friend living in your home? Has the child been living with you for more than the last 12 months? Is this arrangement likely to continue? Do the parents have serious problems that prevent them from caring for their child? Are you willing to raise the child to adulthood? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may want to become the child’s kinship legal guardian. The Kinship Legal Guardianship law, which went into effect in January 2002, allows you — the caregiver — to become the child’s legal guardian. That means you act, in almost every way, like the child’s parent.