Summer is here! That means lots of sunshine, warm weather, and kids enjoying time to play outdoors. But will your kids be able to enjoy their summers if you are not around to care for them? Most people do not like to think about the possibility that something may happen to them where they would not be able to care for their children, but the unfortunate reality is that unexpected things do happen. If something occurs that renders you unable to care for your children, even for a brief period of time, and you do not have a plan naming guardians in place then the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) likely would have to take your children. This means that your children would be cared for by strangers until you either were well again or until the authorities could figure out other arrangements. No parent wants that.
A majority of states now have laws (called filial responsibility laws) that require adult children to financially support their parents. These laws make children responsible for providing basic necessities, such as food, shelter, and medical care, to parents who cannot afford them. Historically, enforcement of these laws has been rare, but changes to Medicaid laws and a recent Pennsylvania court case may encourage nursing homes to make use of filial responsibility laws or lobby for their enactment.