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Future Planning Seminars

What every parent and guardian should know about future planning for their transition-aged child (17-22). Topics discussed will be special needs trusts, Illinois' waiting list (PUNS), guardianship & alternatives, and more. Call to RSVP. Light refreshments provided.


For upcoming Future Planning Seminars, visit our Events page!

Future Planning Seminars

The subject of guardianship for an individual with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities is complex and requires thoughtful consideration.  One should take the time to understand the strengths and needs of the individual before making decisions regarding how to best support him or her.

The Arc provides Future Planning Seminars to equip parents, family members, and professionals with the vital information needed to make such important decisions.

Future planning Seminars provide an introduction to:

Guardianship and Alternatives
Special Needs Trusts
The PUNS list (Illinois waiting list)

Seminars are held at The Arc offices, unless noted. Please visit the Calendar for upcoming dates.

Registration is required.  Call 815-965-3455 to register. 

Some Basic Guardianship Info 

Once a child reached age 18, the parent is no longer the guardian.

Guardianship is a legal means of protecting adults who cannot take care of themselves, make or communicate decisions in their best interest, or handle their assets.

If a person is capable of making some but not all decisions, some alternatives to guardianship are:

Money Management or Representative Payee
Durable Power of Attorney for Property
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

There are different types of Guardianship:

Guardianship of the Person 
Guardian of the Estate
Limited Guardianship 

Guardianships are supervised by the court.

Parents or other potential guardians must carefully consider the person's individual circumstances, including strengths, challenges, needs and best interests, before petitioning for guardianship. 

Guidebook to Guardianship in Illinois
Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission