Parents and others from the community who wish to learn more about guardianship and supported decision making are invited to a free webinar at 12 p.m. on Monday, July 27th hosted by ADEC’s director of protective services and guardianship Tobi Weirich.

“The goal of this is to inform the general public about ADEC and the guardianship process in the state of Indiana,” Weirich said. “This presentation will provide a general overview as well as resources the viewer can access for more information.  My hope is this will reach anyone who has doubts or questions on how to help their loved one who may need some extra support.”

The event will be the latest in ADEC’s Family Forums series which is designed to provide families and children with the resources they need to make the best and informed decisions for themselves and/or their loved ones. ADEC will live stream the event via GoToWebinar. Click here to register for the webinar. You can also dial in using your phone by calling (415) 655–0052 and entering access code 385-771-156.

In addition to a testimonial from one of ADEC’s guardianship clients, Weirich will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Family guardianship vs. corporate guardianship
  • ADEC’s guardianship program as a template
  • Different types of guardianship
  • The process when a person reaches 18 years of age
  • Guardian responsibilities to the court, estate and person
  • Termination of guardianship
  • Alternatives to guardianship
  • Power of attorney
  • Supported decision making

Ideally, the Family Forums would also be an opportunity for families in this unique situation to network some although that is unfortunately not possible with the pandemic forcing this event to assume an online format.

ADEC’s Family Forum series is generously supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. This year’s Family Forum series began with the resource fair on March 7th at Goshen College. ADEC held a virtual town hall with President and CEO Donna Belusar on May 19th which served as a bonus installment. Other upcoming quarterly Family Forums will include advice on maintaining benefits after employment (fall) and a review of ADEC’s skills and training center for young adults (winter).