Guardianship Alternatives Information Network, or GAIN can be reached by calling 1-866-365-3231.
GAIN exists to help people with disabilities and their families make a good, informed decision about guardianship and its alternatives. There are many alternatives to guardianship. The primary one is the use of family and friends who are involved in the person’s life. If someone can get the supports and services they need and want with the help of family and friends, there is no need for guardianship.
Other alternatives include durable powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, financial powers of attorney, trusts, family consent policies and other surrogate arrangements.
If you would like more information, or need assistance with alternatives to guardianship, please contact GAIN at 1-866-365-3231.