Upon the filing of a guardianship petition, the Court shall request that KCWS or other qualified agency conduct a guardianship report on the proposed guardian and the child. The guardianship report shall contain all pertinent information necessary to assist the Court in determining the best interests of the child including factors that weigh for or against the proposed guardian’s home being the best option of all currently available living situations for the child. The report must include an assessment of whether and how the proposed guardianship supports the child’s emotional growth, family, tribal and cultural ties, health and stability, education, and physical care. The Court may waive the guardianship report in uncontested guardianship cases.
No determination of guardianship, other than temporary guardianship, can be made until a guardianship report has been completed and considered by the Court. The guardianship report shall be submitted to the Court no later than ten (10) days before the hearing. The Court may order additional reports, as it deems necessary.