#Autism Parenting: The Transition to Adulthood has Begun

It’s going to be a slightly stressful day today because I have to meet with social security in regards to Gavin. Part of this is merely a routine review, but the other part of it is going to be dealing with Gavin turning 18 and me retaining my payee status over his account.

I’m not worried about Gavin qualifying because he qualifies. I’ve just never had to do this before. It’s the first time we’ve had to have one of these meetings as they only happen every so many years.

Hopefully, this will be done in under two hours because otherwise, I’ll be late getting the kids from school.

Meeting with social security is the first of many steps we will have to take because Gavin has turned 18. The transition to adulthood has begun.



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adriannecollee
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adriannecollee

It’s entirely possible that I’m wrong but I think you are going to have to be named guardian over Gavin before anything else can happen with his money. If it’s anything like any other form of guardianship, the funds will have to go into an account specifically for him and then the trustee (whether it be you or some other person appointed by the court) will have to account for all the money spent. There is usually an accounting that will need to be filed every year or two to make sure that the trustee is using the funds in… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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I think there’s some overlap time. The SSI will remain the same.I will need to get the paperwork and we meet with his doctors in a week or two for that purpose.

Rob Gorski
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In Gavin’s case, guardianship is a technicality. Everything is documented, and we just need to file the paperwork. We don’t have to fight or prove anything. You’re right they will need the paperwork …

adriannecollee
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adriannecollee

I understand that it’s a technicality and that it’s a given that Gavin can’t be in charge of his own affairs, but this is no different than if an older person developed dementia and needed someone to handle their money. The court will appoint someone to do that to make sure it’s being spent properly and not mishandled or being stolen. It doesn’t matter that you are his father, he is an adult and now it is the court’s job to make sure that he and his funds are not taken advantage of. It is one of those things that… Read more »

adriannecollee
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adriannecollee

“but as he is not an adult, the court will take an interest to make sure his needs are being met.”

I meant to say *now* an adult, not *not* an adult.

Rob Gorski
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Kim,

Once I have permanent guardianship, there is an annual review. That’s it. I already know what I have to do and his doctors have done this a million times.

This maybe different where you’re at but here, this is pretty straight forward. ☺

adriannecollee
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adriannecollee

Yes, the review is the accounting that I mentioned. When I say that the court will appoint someone, I mean you or Lizze (or someone else if you were unwilling or unable). As of right now, his doctors cannot legally discuss his care with you, same for the social security office. I will put it this way- if your mother were to call your doctor, they would not be able to release information to her. It doesn’t matter that she is your mother, it matters that you are an adult. The same thing applies to Gavin. He is an adult.… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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Thanks Kim