I am a volunteer guardian with the Legal Aid Society. I have one ward. My ward can’t talk, but has a giant smile. She lives in an apartment with 24 hour supports. She loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. She made me a very glittery box for Christmas which makes my bedroom floor beautiful every day. She loves dancing. She has Down Syndrome. She also has a rep-payee to manage her social security income, pays her rent, gives her caregivers money for groceries and clothes and outings, etc. And, until she got that rep-payee, she had a family. She still has a picture of her family hanging on her wall.
I am the legal guardian for someone who’s family abandoned her as soon as they were no longer able to control her money.
Let me rephrase that.
Some people took advantage of someone with a severe disability until she was no longer serving a purpose for them.
I became a volunteer guardian because half my case load has a similar story and I figured I could provide more than case management to at least one person.
A huge percentage of my clients have family in their city, a few miles, some a few blocks away, that never sees them. They live in group homes or supported apartments. Their families stopped having anything to do with them when they got rep-payees. Or they found out they couldn’t get paid to be a caregiver 24/7 for their family member who sleeps 8 hours a night and goes to daycare 7 hours a day and doesn’t actually need 24 hour supervision. Or realized they could get more money by claiming a bullshit disability.
I don’t care what your life or situation is like. If you can’t be bothered to make any kind of contact with your brother/sister/daughter/son/niece/nephew/etc even through a generically signed holiday card once a year unless there’s some kind of profit in it for you, you are a worthless piece of shit that doesn’t deserve to live, much less live off of my tax dollars that could be going to people that actually need it. People that you threw away.