Children are no longer children when they reach the age of 18. With the exception of consuming alcohol, people in Connecticut arrive at all adult privileges on the 18th birthday. Before then, however, someone must be legally responsible for their behavior and well-being, and those people are traditionally the parents of the child.
Asking the court to give you control of your mother's or father's life is a big step to take -- and nobody should pursue a guardianship over another adult unless they're ready for the responsibility. Guardianship will give you court-ordered authority to make decisions regarding your parent's living situation, medical care and finances -- but how do you know it's time to take that step?
Parenting is the first, and perhaps, most important part of a child's life. Parents set the standard for children's behavior, instilling ethics and values that last throughout a person's lifetime. It is best for individuals and society as a whole that children have good role models close at hand to support them materially and emotionally.
"What's the matter with these kids today?" If you remember that phrase from popular culture, you may be asking that question more and more each day as society caters to younger people. But there is help if you have to know what matters to kids, and you may be part of a large group of caring individuals looking to tend to their families.
Many cultures have different ceremonies and events that mark a child's ascendancy into adulthood. Religions may mark a certain age or progression, and some societies require some actions at the time a child is ready.
The human mind is an amazing thing, but it can also seem fragile at times. Head injuries can cause memory loss, and the simple and unavoidable act of aging can degrade its function over time. Many people may not want to think about the damage that a stroke, dementia or injury could do to the mind, but the best defense is to make sure it is easy to care for them under these conditions.
Life is never what you expect when someone you love has a developmental disorder. Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other conditions that could cause intellectual disability make many of the challenges of adult life meaningless. When it comes to care or finances, these people may rely on others for their entire lives.
Parents are always concerned about the well-being of their children. But a mother and father are not the only stakeholders in the care and education of a boy or girl. If parents are not available to be full-time custodians, others may gain standing in children's lives as guardians.
There are many happy reasons to appoint a guardian for a child in Connecticut. New adoptions create a stable environment for a newly expanded family. Relatives getting a turn at caring for children over long periods of time often enjoy the experience.
There is one thing that all children should have in common, and that is a legal guardian. Most children see one or both of their parents as a guardian, but many also look to a grandparent or other relative. A responsible adult who is not related to the child or even the State of Connecticut may be a legal guardian.