• When people turn 18, they are legally adults.
  • They make their own medical, legal, and financial decisions.
  • This can be scary for families and young adults.
  • Parents want to stay involved with decision-making and meetings.
  • Guardianship is one way to address this.

Family discussion

 

Guardianship

  • A court decides if a person needs a guardian.
  • A Guardian will ¬†make decisions for them
  • Guardians are a good idea for people who may never be able to make their own decisions.
  • Guardians should get training to learn their role.

Alternatives to Guardianship

 Power of Attorney:

  • A person can choose to have one and what areas they want them to help with.
  • A person can remove them when they are ready.
  • This is a good choice for people who need help now but will be able to make their own decisions one day.

Money Supports

  • Conservators, rep payees, and joint bank accounts can help manage money.

Health Care Proxy

  • The person chooses who will make medical decisions for them if they are unable to make them.

Supported Decision Making

How to Decide What Supports are Needed

Recommended reading:

 

Reversing a Guardianship Agreement

The Arc- Guardianship and Alternatives

 

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