DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES




Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Grandparent, Step-Grandparent or relative caregiver

Grandparents (or step-grandparents) or other relatives (excluding the child's parents), who are at least age 55 years and are providing care to children under the age of 18 years, or adults aged 18-59 with disabilities.

Guardianship

One appointed by the Court to be responsible for the personal affairs of a minor or protected person.

Guardianship Services

Guardianship is a legal relationship between a competent adult and a person over the age of 18 whose disability causes incompetency (a ward). The disability may be caused by mental illness, developmental disability, age, accident, or other causes. A developmental disability or mental illness is not, by itself sufficient reason to declare someone incompetent. In addition, a person may not be declared incompetent simply because it saves someone money or because the disabled person acts or uses personal money in ways that seem odd to someone else. Competency has to do with a persons ability to make aninformed decision’, or, with the risk of harm that they may experience due to their inability to provide for themselves or manage their affairs.