Your Community of Caregivers can provide extra eyes

circle of handsKey One of the Four Key Special Needs Planning System is to create a community of caregivers. You’ll probably need a guardian and a trustee, but other people can be involved in less formal ways.

One way to use people who are interested in your child is to use them as extra eyes to watch out for problems.  If your child is frequently alone with a caregiver, or lives in a group home, ask people to visit at random times.  This not only gives your child visitors, but it gives you an opportunity to check in on how your child is being cared for and helps encourage caregivers to pay closer attention to your child.