What Will Happen When I am Gone?
Many parents worry about how their child with a disability will manage when they cannot care for them anymore. Making a plan can help. Some questions to ask:
- What are my child’s hopes, dreams, and goals?
- Who will offer friendship and keep them involved in the community?
- Where would I like my child to live?
- Who is able to help my child with important decisions?
- What costs will there be, and how can I make sure they are covered?
- Who will protect my child and speak up for them?
This might sound overwhelming. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- You are not alone. Reach out to other families in your situation for advice and support.
- Start slowly. You do not need to do everything at once.
- Do not expect your plan to be perfect. Any plan is better than none at all.
- Talk about plans with your child, other family members, and friends.
- Get help from a professional (e.g., financial planning, wills, and estates).
- Take care of yourself. Our page on parent wellbeing can help.
Financial Planning, Wills and Estates
Whether you have a little money or a lot, you can help protect your child’s financial future. Here are some things you can do: