I have a 19 year old son who is autistic, has visual problems and behavioral issues. I have been trying to find a placement for him without any luck. He hasn't seen his father in 12 years, my parents offer little assistance and I am emotionally wrought and approaching being mentally unstable as he has hurt me on several occasions. I don't know what to do but I can't do this any longer. I am being told if I drop him off at a psychiatric facility that I can be charged with and arrested for child abandonment. Please help
As a parent, you have a duty to a vulnerable adult child, but that doesn't mean that you have to put yourself in danger in the process. Your duty could mean getting him set up in a facility permanently if he is too much of a danger at home. While I don't know about dropping him off at a facility, you can certainly take him to one and be with him through the intake. If there is a problem admitting him because he is an adult and doesn't consent, that will probably necessitate a guardianship case. You can check out the adult services website, and call the adult services number for your county on the linked brochure. This link is to a State website that I have no association with: http://dhr.maryland.gov/office-of-adult-services/
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