New state law championed by social work dean and his wife becomes legacy for son's life
The Patchners had spent nearly 31 years providing love and care for their son, who had severe developmental disabilities. They became his legal guardians when Christopher turned 18 years old. And then they were shocked to discover their guardianship died the moment Christopher did. Agencies they had been dealing with would no longer talk to them about their son because they were legally unable to do so due to the unforeseen limitations under state guardianship law.