Do you have any information or suggestions of where we can get information or options we should consider for future guardianship?
I’m not sure if you can answer this question for me or not, but it’s something that has been on my mind as my son is getting older. He is going to turn 16 years old in November and my husband and I are unsure what we may need to do as far as guardianship for him in the future. We know some families who have gotten guardianship for their adult children with disabilities, but I’ve also heard from some people who say there are better alternatives. Do you have any information or suggestions of where we can get information or options we should consider?
Sherry in Traverse City, MI
Thanks for asking this important question, as I know it is on the minds of many parents as their children get older. You are correct that there are many opinions on the subject of guardianship, and it is important to get all the information to make the best choice for your child and family. Many people are not aware of that there are some excellent alternatives to guardianship, even for individuals with significant impairments. Since you live in Michigan I will specifically mention that Michigan ARC often provides seminars on this topic. I have heard Dohn Hoyle do multiple talks on this topic and he is excellent if you have the opportunity to download or attend one of his presentations. A link that you and other parents may find helpful is the Michigan Alliance for Families. It has many helpful documents, presentations, and links pertaining to guardianship and alternatives to guardianship. People within and outside of Michigan will find the information valuable. I hope it provides you with the information you need to make the difficult decisions ahead.