Parents Investigate Ways to Support Their Adult Children

An attorney and speakers from the Georgia Advocacy Office provide parents with options to support their children with disabilities after the age of 18.

As part of their annual Transition Talk series for parents, Transition Services hosted Attorney Jim Bass and speakers from the Georgia Advocacy Office to speak to parents about options for supporting their children with disabilities after they turn 18. Learning how to protect their children with disabilities after they reach the age of majority is an important topic for many parents.

The Transition Services team for Cobb County School District provides a series of informational meetings for the families of students with special needs each year.  On February 4, 2020, the team hosted its largest meeting to date.  Over 40 families came out to find out more about Guardianship and Supported Decision Making.

Attorney Jim Bass spoke to the group about the requirements and for legal guardianship, walked the attendees through the process of completing the paperwork required for to apply for guardianship of a young adult, and spoke to families about why a family might need guardianship and what being under a guardianship might mean for an individual. Dana Lloyd from the Georgia Advocacy Office talked with families about alternatives to guardianship, including Supported Decision Making. Supported Decision Making is a non-legal means of supporting individuals with disabilities after they have reached adulthood.

Some resources to find out more about guardianship and supported decision making include:
• https://www.bbandslaw.com/guardianship-and-conservatorship
• https://gcdd.org/images/Reports/guardianship%20guide%20-%20gcdd.pdf
• https://www.gasupreme.us/wp- content/uploads/2017/06/GPCSF12_0717.pdf
• https://gcdd.org/partnerships/supported-decision-making.html


Brenda Carter, Director
Special Education

Contributing Author: Kristin Pewitt, Transition Coordinator

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