Legal and Family Support

Did you know that when a child turns 18 years old, regardless of whether they have a developmental disability or not, the child becomes their own legal guardian unless a family member or advocate has specifically applied for and been approved for guardianship though the New York State court system? Just because someone is diagnosed with a developmental disability and receives services, guardianship is not automatic!

When an individual experiencing a developmental disability is not able to independently manage their daily life, Coarc's Advocacy and Legal Department can assist family members and advocates pursue guardianship both with information and legal assistance.

For more information on Guardianship assistance, please contact Coarc's Main Headquarters or email us at