Guardianship is a legal process that allows someone (usually a family member) to ask the court to find that a person age 18 or older is unable (incompetent) to manage his/her affairs effectively because of a disability. A guardian steps in the shoes of the person with a disability and makes decisions in the individual’s best interest. Guardianship is a legal matter that has consequences for both parents and offspring which involves the court system.
This decision should not be taken lightly as guardianship can take away many of the person’s rights. On one hand, it puts protections in place so youth can live life more safely, with as much self-determination as possible. On the other hand, it limits civil rights. By its very nature, guardianship is quite restrictive. You are usually stripped of the authority to make decisions that are granted to adults.