8 Guardianship Alternatives
Their Benefits and Risks
Guardianship is the most effective way to protect your child when they turn 18, but it’s also the most restrictive. With the alternatives, your child retains more independence, but can be much more exposed to risk of harm.
In Florida, there are eight alternatives to guardianship that parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) consider. Each one is discussed here, together with their risks.
Best guardianship alternatives for a child with special needs:
- Making Decisions with the Assistance of Others
- Joint Checking Accounts
- Checking Accounts Requiring a Co-Signer
- Client Advocate for Agency for Persons with Disability Services
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits
- Statutory Medical Proxy
- Special Needs Trusts
- Supported Decision Making Agreements