Guardianship

olderWhen a student turns 18, s/he is considered a competent adult with all the rights and privileges that come along with that status, including the right to make educational and legal decisions and the right to privacy of records. A student’s physician is no longer able to talk with the student’s parents about the student unless s/he gives expressed consent. When a student turns 18, s/he is also in charge of his/her own IEP and can leave school whenever s/he wishes. Some parents opt to have legal guardianship for their child. This is a family decision and conversations with families and students should begin at least one year prior to the student turning 18. Each year, Milestones brings in a speaker regarding estate planning and guardianship so parents can be fully informed about their options. Here is a website which has additional information: http://www.massguardianshipassociation.org/