Every family is different, and each of us must create financial strategies with our particular circumstances in mind. This is especially true for families that care for a child with special needs. Parents often need to consider the present as well as the future for their special needs child, including a future where parents are no longer managing their child’s day-to-day needs and agenda. As with many of the first decisions we make as parents, these considerations may begin before birth.
Your child’s diagnosis might come during one of your prenatal visits with your health provider. It might come just after your child’s birth, or it might not come until years later. It might be that your child suffers an injury as a toddler or in their school-age years. But regardless of when it happens, the moment you first hear your child’s diagnosis, your world changes.
But by how much? It’s difficult to fully grasp, at first. Consequently, it may feel easiest to focus on the present, so you begin strategizing. You schedule doctor’s appointments and form a team of health professionals. Then you research and mobilize therapies and other resources for your child. Finally, you seek out others who can empathize with your situation.
It is important to remember that you always have choices, but as with many decisions of a financial nature, informed decisions may lead to the most optimal results.