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SKILLS FOR INDEPENDENCE

Navigating the legal process of providing guardianship or conservatorship to youth

WHAT TO CONSIDER

Pursuing guardianship for your child requires many considerations. We list here some important considerations for your family.

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INDEPENDENCE

The extent to which the youth hopes to self-advocate and make healthcare decisions

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SUPPORT

The extent to which the youth needs family support in day-to-day functioning

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RESOURCES

Amount of resources currently available and whether pursuing guardianship would enable further social support

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PROCESS

The process for seeking guardianship and conservatorship is a long one, and involves working with both your healthcare providers and the legal system.


The providers must provide a medical evaluation or a certificate, depending whether your child has intellectual disability.

There is also a time constraint (6 months) between petitioning the court and receiving psychological testing.

Guardianship Process
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