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Farnese’s Bill to Streamline Guardianship for Medically Disabled Adult Children Clears Committee
On October 29, 2019
Harrisburg – October 29, 2019 – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) to streamline the guardianship process for medically disabled adult children was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
“As Democratic Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I am proud to sponsor legislation to streamline the guardianship process and save families with medically disabled children entering adulthood from a lengthy and costly court process,” Farnese said.
A medically disabled adult child would be defined through this legislation as an adult who as a child suffered from a medical condition, treatment for a medical condition, a developmental delay, or a physical or mental disability.
Currently, for parents of adult children to remain under guardianship the parents must be appointed by the court as guardian, the child must be declared “incapacitated” in court on the record, and families must pay thousands of dollars to complete this court proceeding.
Senate Bill 924 would streamline this process by allowing the parents or guardians of a medically disabled adult child to petition for uncontested guardianship without a hearing, however, all the protections built into the current guardianship process including right to counsel and right to a hearing are preserved. This entire process could be completed within 20 days of the filing of the petition.”
“These families have been providing their children with care and support for their whole lives and making the guardian transition to adulthood should be as easy as possible to endure that support can continue,” Farnese said.
Senate Bill 924 unanimously passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 29. It now goes to the Senate floor for a full vote.