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Who qualifies for guardian advocacy?

Guardian Advocacy

What happens when my child with a developmental disability turns 18?

Does your child or family member have a developmental disability? Is your child or family member about to turn 18 and be considered an adult? How can I continue making decisions for my child or family member once they become an adult?

  • The state of Florida permits appointment of a guardian advocate for individuals with a developmental disability if certain requirements can be met. 
  • A developmental disability pursuant to Florida statute is a, “disorder or syndrome that is attributable to intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, Down syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, or Prader-Willi syndrome; that manifests before the age of 18; and that constitutes a substantial handicap that can reasonably be expected to continue indefinitely.” 
  • A guardian advocate can make personal and financial decisions for another person once appointed. 
  • Florida law requires periodic reporting and oversight by the court system. It is an ongoing obligation through which an attorney can guide you.
  • If you would like to discuss whether your child or family member qualifies for guardian advocacy, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Cuenca, P.A.