Guardianship Process for Autistic Son

Guardianship Process for Autistic Son

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.

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