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SDM expands on the idea that we all ask for support from people when making decisions.

Supported Decision Making is a model of decision making that allows a person to retain their rights and make decisions for their life using a team of supporters. Supporters are people chosen and trusted by the individual, that use their expertise or knowledge to provide additional information, tools and support. They ensure the individual is understanding the decision they are making, but the individual ultimately makes the final decision.

Maine Parent Federation understands this is a decision that needs to fit your family. We encourage you to learn more about supported decision making and these less restrictive alternatives to guardianship, as well as ways you can use these models and practices within existing guardianship arrangements to increase independence, and self determination.