The Center for Law and Social Work (CLSW) can help individuals become legal guardians for the disabled adults in their care. Adult Guardianship allows the caregiver to make personal and financial decisions for the special needs adult (aged 18 or older) in their care, which protects them from exploitation.
Why do I need guardianship of an adult?
- If you have a special needs child: When a person turns 18, in the eyes of the law they are an adult, whether they have disabilities or not. They become legally responsible for themselves. Their parents can no longer make decisions for them without their consent. This is problematic for adults with disabilities. They often make poor decisions or are unable to make decisions on their own. This can put their health and safety in jeopardy. An adult guardian is an adult who is appointed by the court to make personal and financial decisions for the disabled adult. As the adult guardian, a parent can continue caring for their child past the age of legal adulthood.
- If you are caring for an older relative: Many older adults have long periods later in life when they are not able to make decisions for themselves. This can be due to stroke, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, an accident, or some other medical condition. These are situations where an adult guardianship may be necessary to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens.