When a child has a disability, the parent or guardian is in charge of making sure these individuals are protected and functioning to their full potential. Sometimes, this journey includes pursuing guardianship after the child turns 18. A guardian can continue to assist the child and make decisions for him/her in adulthood.
CNLD Testing & Therapy works with local disability attorneys and families to help with this process. We provide professional guardianship evaluations and give parents peace of mind about their decision. This can be a difficult step to take and it can stir up strong emotions by all parties involved. With our highly-experienced professionals, you’ll receive positive support through your guardianship journey. Call (734) 994-9466 to learn more about guardianship evaluations.
What Is a Guardian?
A guardian is someone appointed by a probate court to make legal decisions for another person. Some parents are surprised to learn that when their child reaches the age of 18, they no longer have the legal right to make decisions for and about their own child.
Being a guardian is not a simple role, but one demanding responsibility, patience, compassion and sensitivity. Since the abilities and disabilities of each person differ, when guardianship is appropriate the powers of the guardian are tailored to the needs of the individual. There are alternatives to guardianship that should also be considered, such as:
- Special needs trusts
- Family guidance
- Supported living
- Durable power of attorney
- Financial representative
Guardianship evaluations help determine whether an individual needs assistance with decision-making or with accomplishing activities of daily living. For example, the evaluation can help determine whether a person is able to manage their finances, make medical decisions regarding their health, sign legal documents, live independently, etc.
What to Expect during a Guardianship Evaluation
Guardianship evaluations are often performed by mental health professionals and typically include review of relevant records (e.g., academic, psychological/neuropsychological testing, medical), a comprehensive interview to collect history information from the client and family/caregivers, and formal testing of an individual’s cognitive ability, language/communication skills, and/or emotional functioning, depending on each case’s specific presentation and areas of need.
The professionals at CNLD Testing & Therapy will support you through this process and help guide you to appropriate solutions. Testing time for guardianship evaluations vary depending on each client’s presentation and guardianship needs.