Everybody else has given you great advice.
Calling DCFS/ CPS to ask for more information is nothing binding and does not necessarily bind you to use DCFS/ CPS as the go-between if you are just asking for information. I will agree with those who said, the more private you keep this, the better off you are. Even consulting an attorney to find out the “what if” is cheaper in the long run than not being proactive at all.
From my experience with the girls (I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV:D ): A guardianship is not the same as custody **in **Illinois, as it does not terminate the parents’ rights. It appoints guardians of the person (guardians to the children) and/ or guardians of the estate (guardians with power to do whatever to any money to which the children are entitled). A guardian of the person is provided custody of the children, and the right to act on their behalf for medical care of any sort. A guardian of the estate keeps tabson who pays what. Sometimes the guardian of the person IS the guardian of the estate.
In Illinois, a relative who has the children, even with only temporary papers, can go to DHS and FHS. DHS can give the children TANF (used to be called ADFC) with the relative caretaker receiving the money WITHOUT having to list their own household income (known as an RPY recipient). DHS will also contact HFS for Kidcare insurance. DCFS/CPS does not become involved at all if they are not already involved.
**If **Indiana offers tri-copy, fill-in-the-blank forms for petitions, motions and orders, like Illinois does, a lawyer and his or her paralegal could possibly perhaps talk you through your own filing. (Everybody please notice those qualfiers and don’t jump down my throat.) It’s a suggestion, not a command.
KCtheMommy is right when she says most states love it when relatives take the kids. 1ke is right when she says you need to ask DCFS/CPS and a private attorney for more information. puzzleannie is right about contacting somebody NOW. Katie, Joe and Teakafrog are right when they say get it in writing (preferably through a court!). Jodi is a fine example of how things can work to the good of the children.