Here's the question: If a child's mother dies, the father AWOL, and a semi-close relative exists, can a Third Party Family Friend attempt to gain Guardianship? Here's some background: The scenario is this: The Main Character (MC) is friends with the Child Character and the Child's Mother. MC has no biological relation to the Family. The Child's Father left/abandoned his wife and child seven years prior. His location is unknown, and that is unlikely to be changed unless necessary. In the story, the Mother is killed in a car accident. The Child survives, and he is the one to contact MC to ask for help with the situation. The Child has a paternal Uncle, who lives in a different country. This Uncle is the only other family the Child has (grandparents are deceased.) The Child has never met this Uncle, as he had left the country prior to the birth. This Uncle does not want to have custody of the Child. This is mostly out of fear, a personal belief that his past history makes him unfit, and huge personal issues occurring in his own life. MC does not initially volunteer for custody, but after the Uncle backs down, MC does not want the Child to go into the Foster System. MC does not think that the Child would do well in the system, and personally believes that doing so is against the Child's best interest. MC is a single, middle-aged man with no experience with raising children. But he does care for the Child, and his arc in the story is to step into that role of Fatherhood. Important Details to Note: MC is there for the child the moment the Child calls him. He is very interested in the Child’s welfare. The Child sustained injuries as he was also involved with the car accident and is residing in the hospital. The story takes place in Kansas, US. Uncle lives in Japan. MC is a sort of celebrity, and has a well-known reputation for being a dramatic Party Boy in the past. This story is a sequel and his character is developing away from this. The Child is 12 years old. Mother did not have a will, nor any close friends of her own (She had a social phobia that crippled her quite a bit.) I also have several more in-depth questions about the above scenario, about what would most likely to occur. Does MC have any chance of requesting custody and actually obtaining it? If so, what are his chances? What things are in play both in MC’s favor and to his detriment, as far as CPS/Court is concerned? Does the existence of the Uncle play a significant role in the first question? For example, if he were to be cut from the story, would MC be any more or less likely to obtain guardianship? Would the Uncle’s reasons for not wanting/being unable to take responsibility for the Child be enough to excuse him? Or would he just be seen as a selfish, uncaring git (both in the eyes of CPS and/or the Audience?) Does the situation with the MIA Father complicate things? Would he be attempted to be contacted to take custody, or does his abandonment refute his potential rights? Does what the Child want have any potential bearing on who becomes his guardian? Basic research has suggested that there is no set age in Kansas for when a child has a say in custody disputes. Who is able to make significant medical decisions for the Child in the midst of all of this?