I need decision-making support for someone under 18

If you are under the age of 18, you are a minor. That means your parents or legal guardians can make decisions for you. Even though decisions are made on your behalf, there are several supported decision-making strategies that can help develop your decision-making skills before you become a legal adult.

The resources on this page can help minors, parents and educators work together to make decisions. Because decision making happens at every age, these supports can be helpful prior to the transition to adulthood.

Keep in mind, on this site, supported decision-making refers to the idea that a person has the right to make decisions to the full extent of their capacity, even as they get needed support.

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Parents are legally responsible for all decisions for their children until the child turns 18. A court can appoint a person to be a child’s guardian.

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