For families that live in Ft. Bend County and it’s been determined that guardianship is the only alternative to ensuring the protection and well-being of the individual (also known as the ward), the guardianship financial assistance program may be available. Qualifications for this program:
- A potential ward and guardian must reside in Ft. Bend County and they must be biologically related or have legally adopted the child.
- Potential ward must be at least 17 years and 6 months of age
- Potential ward must be totally incapacitated – verification required by a licensed medical doctor. If the diagnosis is an intellectual disability, verification can be done by a licensed psychologist that conducts intellectual disability assessments.
- Income eligibility – The financial assistance program can help families that are up to 250% above the poverty level.
- Only seeking guardianship of the person. The financial assistance program is not able to help with guardianship of the estate cases.
- Potential guardianship must be non-contested. This means that no one will object to the potential guardian becoming the guardian of the ward.
- The potential guardian must attend an Information Session hosted by Brazos Bend Guardianship Services before submitting an application. Visit the Information Sessions Page to register.