Your Child With Disabilities Is Turning 18 (On-Demand Virtual Class)
For Parents, Caregivers and Youth Nearing Adulthood
This on-demand virtual class is for parents and caregivers of youth in their late teens who will need ongoing support as adults or help with legal decision-making. Attorneys from the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) present information about:
- Supported decision-making: This allows someone with a disability to make choices about their own life with help from someone they choose.
- Durable power of attorney (DPOA): A legal document that gives someone else authority to make medical decisions or manage finances on the signer’s behalf.
- Legal guardianship: The court appoints a legal guardian to make certain types of decisions about health and safety on behalf of a person with disabilities when there is significant risk of harm unless a guardian is appointed.
- Conservatorship: The court appoints a conservator to make decisions about money and property on behalf of a person with disabilities when there is significant risk of harm unless a conservator is appointed.
To view this on-demand class, please watch the video below. There is also a copy of the presentation (PDF) that you can follow along with.
After you have watched the class, please provide feedback by taking our class survey (this should take just a few minutes to complete). You can also email your feedback directly to us at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I need help filing for guardianship?
Very few resources are available for this type of help. In a few Washington counties, volunteer attorney programs provide limited assistance to low-income families.
The King County Law Library offers the Family Law Forms Lab where a volunteer attorney helps with filling out family law forms.
What if I want to find an attorney?
Visit the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership website to find legal help.
Where can I get more information on guardianship and alternatives?
See resources below from the King County Law Library, Washington Courts and Northwest Justice Project.
Webinars and information sessions
King County Law Library
Watch the webinar, An Introduction to Adult Guardianships, presented with the King County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.
Washington Courts holds free, monthly, 90-minute virtual Information Sessions for Lay Guardians.
- No registration is required.
- Offered in English only.
- If you cannot attend an Information Session live, you can watch a recording or read the text from the Washington Courts session.
Handouts, fact sheets and sample forms
Northwest Justice Project
- Adult Guardianship, Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements, Northwest Justice Project
- Alternatives to Guardianship: Practical Considerations, Washington Medical-Legal Partnership
- Alternatives to Guardianship: Supported Decision Making Agreements (available in Russian and Spanish), Northwest Justice Project
- Durable Power of Attorney Documents (available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese), Northwest Justice Project
- Quick Facts: Alternatives to Guardianship (available in Spanish), Northwest Justice Project
- Your Child With Disabilities Is Turning 18 (available in Spanish), Northwest Justice Project
Public benefits as youth with disabilities turn 18
- SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
- Sample Rental Agreement to Avoid Reduction in SSI (available in Spanish), Washington Medical-Legal Partnership
- DDA (Developmental Disabilities Administration) – Washington State agency providing support and services to Washingtonians with developmental disabilities
- Apple Health – Washington State medical assistance programs, including Medicaid
Organizations that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- The Arc of Washington State – provides services and programs
- Informing Families – provides information and support