How to Use This Guide

THIS GUIDE is designed to help you begin the process of researching alternatives to guardianship. It is intended to serve as a resource as you decide whether full guardianship is the most appropriate and least restrictive alternative for an individual in your life.

As you read about the experiences of other adults who have considered full guardianship, it is important to keep in mind the following considerations

  • There is no single correct answer for all families and/or individuals considering guardianship. Different individuals have different situations, needs, and available supports. What may work for one individual might not work for another.
  • The process of researching guardianship and its alternatives should be tailored to the individual and should take into account his or her specific needs, circumstances, and available supports.
  • Full guardianship may still be appropriate in instances when:
    • An individual is unable to make or communicate responsible decisions for him or herself;
    • A full guardian is necessary to ensure that continuing care is provided for this individual; and
    • Friends, staff, and family members involved in the decision have researched and ruled out less restrictive options.
  • While this brochure will introduce you to some of the things you need to know about full guardianship and alternatives, you will likely still need to:
    • Do additional research
    • Consult with caseworkers and experts
    • Ask more questions

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