My son will be turning 18 in March. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. Now that he will be considered legally an adult, I have a whole new set of rules/laws to learn. I have to figure out what he is going to do after he graduates from high school. He can continue to go for another 3 years, but he doesn’t want to. Before I can make any decisions, I have to get appointed as his guardian. The whole guardianship process scared me, at first, but it’s actually turning out easier than I thought.
Once I got over the shock of the amount of paperwork I had to fill out, everything slid into place. I filled it out, and filed it with the Clerk at the courthouse. She arranged for a court appointed lawyer to represent my son, and scheduled a hearing to determine competency and guardianship. I’ve had a meeting with the attorney, with my husband and son. He wanted documents concerning my son’s ability to take care of himself. That wasn’t a problem, since I keep copies of everything. He had a few questions, which were easy to answer. He talked to my son, a nice one-way conversation. My son is still completely non-verbal, and doesn’t like to use his communication device to talk to strangers.
Our court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 2, and shouldn’t take too long. I hope. I think the hardest part of this has been the fact that someone else has the final say on what is good for my son. It’s scary. I’ll feel a lot better once this is done.