There is much to learn about decision-making options and protections for a child who has a developmental and/or intellectual disability when they are approaching the transition age of young adulthood or turning 18. The concept and the process of guardianship can be emotional and daunting. In this Massachusetts General Hospital Blum Center presentation from November 16, 2022, Julie O’Brien, MEd, LMHC, a family support clinician at the Lurie Center for Autism at Mass General for Children (MGfC) and Mass General, offers information and guidance about alternative protections; what guardianship is; the different types and paths to guardianship in Massachusetts; and how to prepare. O’Brien also shares resource materials and referrals to legal experts in special needs in Massachusetts.
Please note: this program is not intended to be legal advice or council. It is strictly for informational and coaching purposes only.
The MGfC Parenting Series is a collaboration between the Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center and Mass General for Children.
The Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center, commonly known as the Blum Center, is a relaxed and comfortable place for patients, families and friends to find accurate health information with help from trained staff.