|Jim Bithas and Rosamond Bradley|
And the stark and troubling fact is, there is often little to no accountability for guardian behavior. In Texas, all a person needs to be put in charge of a stranger’s life is the completion a brief class, followed by a 100-question test. One guardian had 53 cases in nine counties. She allegedly never visited the people in her care, refusing to even answer their phone calls. She even regularly pocketed $20 from her wards’ $60 monthly allowance.
“This system may have been appropriate in 1845 or 1865 or even 1910,” says Terry Hammond, an El Paso attorney. “But it’s entirely inappropriate for the 21st century.”
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In Attempt to Solve Old Dilemmas, Guardianship Creates New Problems in Texas