My name is Donald* and I am a young man who is completing high school and learning to live on my own. I asked DisAbility Rights Idaho to help me change my guardian.
Nobody knew it for a long time, but I was severely abused in my guardian’s home. At first, she was my foster care parent. Later, she became my legal guardian and service provider. She also abused a girl who lived with me. Finally, someone took me out of the home and now I live with someone who is nice to me.
I called DRI because this person was still my guardian and was not giving me my money. I was also scared I would have to live with her again. I told DRI I did not want her to be my guardian anymore. A DRI attorney met with me and explained how I could change my guardian. She also told me that I had the right to make many decisions myself.
I am excited because my court hearing will be soon. I will be getting a new guardian. This guardian will only be able to make medical decisions for me. I will be able to make lots of my own decisions. I am trying to get a job and earn more money. I like making choices about what I want to do and how to spend my money. Because of DRI, I will have the guardian I want and will no longer worry about being safe.
* Name changed to protect privacy.