Information on the steps parents must take to become the legal guardians of their adult children with disabilities will be shared at the June meetings of the Parents for Parents support groups.
The meetings will be held Wednesday, June 5, at The Resource Center's administrative offices, 200 Dunham Avenue in Jamestown, and Wednesday, June 12, at the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road (Route 60) in Dunkirk. Both meetings run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The guest speaker for both meetings will be Marlene Sirianno, Esq., associate court attorney for Chautauqua County Surrogate's Court. Some parents assume they can continue to be the legal guardian of their children with special needs once their children turn 18 years old - but this is not true. Sirianno will walk parents through the process of becoming a legal guardian when a child turns 18. She will discuss what legal documents are required, what the court process is like and the cost of becoming a guardian.
The regular parent support meeting will follow the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.
Parents for Parents is a monthly parent/caregiver support group organized by The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. The groups, directed by a licensed master social worker, connect and support families of individuals with special needs. The groups offer support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. The meetings are an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues and concerns. The Jamestown group meets the first Wednesday of the month, while the Dunkirk group meets the second Wednesday of the month.
New members are welcome to join Parents for Parents. Meetings are free. Parents desiring assistance with child care, respite or transportation should phone in advance to make arrangements. Those planning to bring their children must call ahead so that organizers can have enough children's activities and support staff on hand.
For more information, phone 661-1490 for the Jamestown meeting or 366-8176, Ext. 265, for the Dunkirk meeting.