Very serious case for us this week where Child Guardianship was concerned. A couple with 2 children under 16 years, no wills in place, mum has now passed away and dad is in prison. Social Services have little choice but to place the children in care. Please be aware that all children under the age of 16 years will be placed in care if they are orphaned. They do not just go and reside with relatives until the relative has gone through the whole fostering and adoption process which can take many months. The way to avoid this is to have a Guardianship Order written into your Will which guarantees your children will go to who you wish immediately should the worst happen.