I was recently named as a DCFS guardian of my relative's children. What happens to them if something happens to me? Do they go to the state?
It sounds like you are in juvenile court and DCFS has placed the children with you while their parents work on tasks and services to gain custody back. If something might happen to you, DCFS has the power and right to place the children with someone else. DCFS is required to consider family members over strangers, but a foster home will be considered if there are no appropriate relatives in the area. If you have obtained a legal guardianship from the probate court that might have started from a juvenile abuse or neglect case, then you would have more control in naming who the children will go to if you are no longer able to care for them.
are you the guardian? or are you the person with whom dcfs placed the children and it is the guardian? big difference. ask your case worker. ask the lawyer who is the guardian ad litem for the children in the juvenile court, if there is a juvi court case. hopefully, they will both give you the same answer.